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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Vol. LXV No. 27
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Tractor Factor Strawberries and tractors have never been so much fun
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Associated Students elections start today CHRISTY BURD Staff Writer
BRIANA HUNTER Correspondent Students will go to the polls today to decide who will represent them in the Associated Students Inc.
xt year. Votgovernment next om 9 a.m. to ing times are from nd Thursday, 4 p.m. today and y from 10 and Wednesday a.m. to 7 p.m. Students must nco IDs in orbring their Bronco der to vote. Candidates spent last g up support week drumming us by visiting across the campus
clubs and organiz zations to get organizations endorsements. A majority j it off the candidates also attended and a Q-and-A session last Thursday on the pancakes in University Quad. The candidates in attendance were Ismael Souley, Johnathan Jianu, Sarah Dick, Jacklyn Chen, Ramon Valen-
zuela, Nidia Saca, Priscilla Ramirez, R i Andrea A d N Nechvatal h t l and Devon Debevoise. Souley advocated on behalf of those candidates who were unable to attend. Student leaders expressed disappointment in the low level of enthusiasm for this year’s election, which
was evidenced by the poor tturnoutt att th the event. t A Approximately ten students attended and most seemed reluctant to ask the candidates questions. “This is what we see everywhere, the lack of participation in students,” said Jose Sanchez, ASI elections chair. “I know students care. I don’t
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Livestock units face hardships MATT WARD Staff Writer The College of Agriculture continues to see wear and tear on its outdoor research sites used by students and faculty members, and little money is available to make necessary repairs. The instructional animal units were built during the late 1950s and because of budget cuts, have been subject to deferred maintenance and significant deterioration over the years. Due to a lack of state funding, much of what it takes to keep these units operating is dependent on volunteer help. Lester Young, dean of the college, has promised to reinstate the missing discretionary funds by selling off many of the surplus animals.
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Applicants report delays in admissions MELISSA FOWLER
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Above: Students march in support of the Fine Arts option last Tuesday. At right: Students displayed their creative talents during the protest with caricatures of campus administrators.
Hundreds of student applicants have found themselves waiting in a state of uncertainty after months of no reply from the Cal Poly Admissions Office. Many hopeful students who submitted applications to the school before the November deadline are reporting that they have not heard any response regarding their admission status. Other eligible applicants reported that BroncoDirect lists them as waitlisted, but they said they have not heard anything else. These students will have to wait to enroll until accepted students decide whether to attend Cal Poly. Officials in the admissions office were unavailable to clarify why
Students march from BSC to CLA in support of threatened program LARISSA CASTANON Staff Writer
JEFFERSON YEN Correspondent Art students and faculty, still upset about the potential elimination of Fine Arts, rallied in support of the program last Tuesday in front of the Bronco Student Center. Provost Marten denBoer made the recommendation that the Fine Arts option
be eliminated in a meeting with Art Department faculty members on April 28. The students and faculty chanted “hell no we won’t go,” as they paraded across the campus and finally made their way to the CLA Building, where the office of the provost is located. Shelley Bruce, a fourthyear arts and gender ethnicity and multicultural studies student, expressed her anger and disappointment during
the “Save Fine Arts” rally. “They cannot do this to us,” said Bruce. “This is our education. We have to fight to save our department.” Ann Phong, a lecturer for the Art Department, participated in the march and said faculty members have been gathering in support of academic programs since a statewide rally in March. According to George Valeriano, a third-year
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ASI Senate debates funding for Children’s Center ASHLEY JENKINS Correspondent
ANDREA VARTANIAN Correspondent Funding for the Children’s Center was a hot topic among Associated Students Inc. senators and those present at the budget deliberation process during last Thursday’s
ASI Senate meeting. “The numbers paint the picture of the battle they are going through right now,” said Darren Yue, ASI treasurer. Struggling to balance the budget and make fair cuts has been Yue’s goal throughout the entire process. The center requested $258,000 for this year and Yue proposed the budget be
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five percent less to the senators during the meeting, which he believes is a fair way to handle the crisis. When drafting the suggested budget, Yue looked at what would benefit the greatest number of students. Senators were worried about disproportionately allocating funding to an organization that serves a small per-
centage of students. Although only 60 student-parents utilize the Children’s Center, it receives 28.7 percent of ASI funding, which is the largest lump sum given to any specific organization. Funding is used to support a staff that promotes developmental skills to children ages two to six years old. Most student-parents’ costs are ei-
ther waived or subsidized by grant funding. The price Cal Poly parents pay ranges from 20 cents to $2.89 per hour based on personal income. Stephanie Serrano, a Cal Poly student and mother, pleaded with the senate and expressed concern about how the lack of funding to the center will affect her daughter’s well-being.
“My biggest fear is sending her somewhere unsafe,” she said. “A healthy environment is what every child deserves.” Yvonne Bailey, director of the Children’s Center, argued that without funding, drastic cuts in staff would have to be made. These cuts could poten-
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Money raised to aid child prostitutes NEWS IN BRIEF MICHEALA ARD
Bangkok, Thailand is a city with bright lights and rows of skyscrapers, but this popular tourist attraction contains a dark, disturbing secret: human sex trafficking. Although human trafficking is not a familiar term, it is an issue that plagues the streets of Thailand, and other locations across the world, including cities in the United States. Thailand’s Health System Research Institute estimates that up to 40 percent of prostitutes in that country are children, though an exact number is not known.
Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national honor society with a chapter at Cal Poly, hosted an event last Thursday for the SOLD Project, a non-profit organization aimed at helping to prevent child prostitution by providing them with education. Elena Aespuro, a thirdyear foods and nutrition student and Phi U member, was emotionally touched by speakers from the SOLD organization in 2009, and decided to organize and host Thursday’s proceedings. “I was inspired to act,” Aespuro said. “I had the opportunity to do something because I am an E-Board member ... and the other members
were very open to supporting the event.” Aespuro and other members of Phi U took four months to prepare the event, and sold a total of 60 tickets. “This entire experience has been a huge learning process, and so much work goes into planning an event like this,” Aespuro said. The honor society’s main ambition for the night was to donate enough money to fund a scholarship for one child, which costs $365. To children at risk of being sold for sex, an education is perhaps the only way to escape a life of child prostitution. After subtracting the expenses for dinner and des-
sert, the Phi U members accomplished their goal, and donated $420 to the SOLD Project. Guests of the event ate dinner catered by Mexico Lindo. Chris Alanis, a fourthyear biology student, sang and played his guitar to set a calming mood for the otherwise tense subject matter. After dinner and dessert, people gathered and listened to the passionate stories from guest speakers Heather and Michael Colletto, a married couple who have traveled through America for one month, spreading the word of SOLD.
Cultural Club races pedal-powered vehicle Centers to The team, officially year mechanical engineering fifth-year mechanical engi- celebrate EVAN PERKINS called the Burnout Broncos, student. neering student. “Cal Poly Staff Writer placed fourth in the men’s This was the Broncos’ had an HPV team 20 years milestone
Volunteers invited to rally against breast cancer
Some people may hear “human powered vehicle” and envision people rolling around in giant hamster wheels. However, the vehicle created by the Cal Poly Human Powered Vehicle Team is light-years ahead of such a contraption. On May 1, the HPV Team, a division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, competed at Cal State Northridge.
drag race, seventh in the woman’s drag race and ninth in the endurance race. All events had a field of 32 competitors. The team members were quick to point out that they out-placed Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Pomona’s longtime rival. “I was really happy with the reliability of our vehicle,” said Adam Sharp, project leader and a fourth-
first year participating in the HPV competition. “Six months before the event, we had nothing,” said Jan Kaspar, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student. The team had only a very short period of time to take the project from the planning to reality stage. “We were starting completely from scratch,” added Andy Hedge, teammate and
ago, but since then there has been nothing.” The goal of the Human Powered Vehicle Team is to produce a new vehicle every year for collegiate competition. The team is awarded points for safety, practicality, cornering, acceleration, top speed and weight. “The competition forwards human powered vehicles as a mode of transporta-
Volunteers interested in the fight against breast cancer are invited to the first ever Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kick-off rally on Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino baseball game. “We are so excited to bring this nationally acclaimed walk to our community,” said volunteer Event Chair Brenda Signorino, a five-year breast cancer survivor. “There is so much we can do.” MSABC has partnered with the American Cancer Society to raise breast cancer awareness and money since 1993. Visit www.cancer.org/ stridesonline for more information.
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Cal Poly’s Cultural Centers are celebrating 15 years at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Ursa Major at the Bronco Student Center. Keynote speaker Tim Wise will discuss modern cultural progression in “Are We There Yet?” Wise is a noted anti-racist activist and has spoken at more than 400 college campuses. A reception with entertainment, a silent auction, book signing and hors d’oeuvres will follow the talk at 6:30 p.m. in the University Plaza. The event is free.
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Despite nearly three months of promotion and effort, The Green Initiative Fund will not be on the ballot for the 2009-10 academic school year, due to a deadline technicality. Associated Students Inc. Senate student members voted down a special election in June for TGIF by six to five last Thursday. TGIF was initially unanimously passed through the ASI Senate, voted for by the Fee Advisory Committee and signed by President Michael Ortiz. Student leaders intend to feature TGIF on a special elections ballot or in the general ASI Election during the 2010-11 academic year.
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VOORHIS ECOLOGICAL RESERVE
Green initiative removed from election ballot
MAY 4, 10:21 a.m. Kellogg Drive. Male on a power scooter wheelchair requesting to go to the mansion. Shuttle driver denied subject. Disposition: Return to normal duty.
MAY 4, 12:56 p.m. J Lot. Subject left key in parked motorcycle. Disposition: Log note only.
MAY 3, 12:32 a.m. University Union. Wall by Building 32 vandalized. Disposition: Report taken.
MAY 1, 3:44 p.m. Building 98. Subject parked for about 15 minutes. Upon returning, he saw his catalytic converter was taken. Disposition: Checks OK/Area secure.
Muslim Student Association apartheid wall defaced
Cal Poly’s Architecture and Music Departments are teaming up to showcase a classical recital on Saturday at 4 p.m. and May 22 at 8 p.m. at the Neutra VDL House in Los Angeles. The venue was donated to Cal Poly 20 years ago and serves as a gathering place for music and fundraising performances. “This will be a good opportunity for my students and a chance to revive a musical tradition,” said Music Professor Nadia Shpachenko. Pieces by Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and others will be featured at the recital. Event proceeds will benefit Neutra VDL House’s restoration and maintenance. E-mail Sarah Lorenzen, assistant professor of architecture at sarah@neutra-vdl. org to RSVP. The discussion will also cover Asian stereotypes in the media. The event is free.
Vandals intentionally damaged a large display sponsored by the Muslim Student Association in front of the Bronco Student Center last Sunday, according to University Police. “The vandalism that occurred over this past weekend goes against what the university stands for and will not be tolerated,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Doug Freer, in a campuswide e-mail last Tuesday. The unknown individuals defaced, damaged and stole portions of the MSA display. Students are encouraged to present their thoughts and perspectives by visiting the Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers in room 124 of Building 26.
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TUESDAY, May 11, 2010
Art students unsatisfied after meeting with provost LARISSA CASTANON Staff Writer
JEFFERSON YEN Correspondent
Without your help, the future looks grim AMANDA NEWFIELD Editor in Chief Fast-forward 10 years into the future. President Michael Ortiz stands on the seventh floor of the CLA Building and gazes out upon the campus. He thinks to himself about all that he has accomplished over the years and smiles ever so slightly. The dream he arrived with when he first stepped onto this campus in 2005 has finally come to fruition. The now privately funded “university” no longer bears the Cal Poly name. Instead the gleaming goldplated name “Pomona Institute of Technology and Business” hangs on the side of the iconic CLA building. At one point this campus was riddled with low performing students who represented unprofitable programs and options with little prestige. Now, students quietly and obediently attend their classes, while never questioning the actions of those in charge. The former Cal Poly, a campus many called home, has now transformed into a business, catering only to the students and programs that benefit the bottom line. What once resembled a university, where students of all interests and backgrounds came together, now resembles a technical institute lacking color and student-life. It is a college stripped of its character and history. In this fictional world, Ortiz represents the powerful men and women who hold this university’s fate in their hands. I paint this picture to help you to see what will become of this place if we do nothing. If students sit back and
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Cal Poly’s provost, Marten denBoer, held an impromptu meeting last Thursday with art students to address concerns about the recommendation to cut the Fine Arts option, though many students left unsatisfied. The session started with a general statement by denBoer about his recommendation. DenBoer said “there will be more review” and cuts will not occur until fall 2011. He also made a point to say that cost was a factor he had to consider. “If you look at the overall trend for higher education, it has been going in one direction: down,” denBoer said. When pressed on the issue of savings, denBoer admitted that the figures are affected by a multitude of factors and he has no way of knowing the true savings.
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Art students listen to Provost Marten denBoer during a meeting last week in which he outlined his reasoning for recommending the elimination of the Fine Arts option. According to denBoer, the savings from cutting the Fine Arts option would range from $100,000 to $300,000 annually, however those savings would not be immediate. To try to get students to
understand his point of view, denBoer described a hypothetical situation, in which he had two programs, both in a tight situation and he could only hire for one. He asked students to consider which program they would hire
for, one that was successful or one that was not. He also added that this hiring decision was a matter of survival for the program. The questions directed toward denBoer carried a tone of anger and discontent
regarding his decision. DenBoer said students should be angry, but that anger should be focused on Sacramento’s decision to cut funding for higher education. Students were able to make suggestions and ask questions in a packed room, though many were left with more questions than answers after the meeting. DenBoer agreed to meet with the students once more to address any unanswered questions. Jorge Andrade, a thirdyear graphic design student, expressed an opinion that was shared by many in the room. Andrade said with the Fine Arts program cut, it would be that much harder for Cal Poly graphic design students to compete against those from Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Long Beach. “Eventually [the cuts] are going to hurt the graphic design students,” said Andrade. Troy Ingram, a third-
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ARTS RALLY: Students upset by contention that Fine Arts lacks quality continued from page 1 graphic design student, faculty members, the Art Student Alliance and the Cal Poly chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts organized the rally. Some students were informed about the rally through social networking sites. Becca Otis, a secondyear graphic design student, heard of the protest through her Facebook account. A major source of contention at the rally was with the provost’s assessment that there was a lack of quality in the program. Diana Liam, a fourthyear graphic design student, hopes denBoer will change his mind if he is basing his recommendation on the accreditation of the program. “We just found out that we received accreditation,” said Liam. “The provost said that we didn’t receive accreditation. Hopefully they reconsider.” At the base of the CLA Building, students drew in a crowd with a megaphone. Among the crowd was Doug Freer, vice president of student affairs, who said he was there to oversee the rally. “We’re out here to monitor the protest we heard about,” said Freer. “I came by to not only be symbolically present for the students, [but] to make sure
we continue to conduct ourselves in a respectful manner.” According to denBoer, the programs under review were examined based on several factors. The main criteria, however, were size, quality and uniqueness of the program. “If it’s a crucial program that fits with the mission of the university, like engineering, then we keep it,” said denBoer. Though programs are assessed on different criteria, denBoer emphasized that quality is an important determinant in the decisionmaking process. DenBoer said several strategies were sought to avoid program closures, such as furloughs, hiring freezes and the firing of high level administrators, however, with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s uncertain budget, denBoer was forced to make cuts. The furloughs are saving the school an estimated $10-11 million a year. As for the program closures, the savings are seen over time, there are no drastic immediate savings, said denBoer. When discussing the impact of the cuts Robert Braden, a third-year graphic design student, said that the fine arts students were a part
of the larger Art Department community. Dean of Environmental Design Michael Woo said denBoer reached his decision based on several conclusions made about the department and also due to the money issues the university is facing. “It is a difficult situation because the state has reduced the amount of financial support,” said Woo. Woo said last year, two respectable members from the National Association of Art and Design, an accreditation organization, were concerned about the pro-
gram’s curriculum. “They raised questions about the Fine Arts program, specifically if the curriculum was coherent and also the quality of the student work,” said Woo. Woo said the provost wants to ensure the school is offering quality programs during these difficult financial times when money is extremely tight. He added that denBoer had to question whether it was possible to maintain a high quality fine arts program. Babette Mayor, professor and chair for the Art Department, expressed her an-
ger and disbelief at the way administrators were handling information that was not meant to be public. “We received full accreditation with NASAD,” Mayor said. “We were reviewed and found to be in compliance with the highest standards.” Mayor said the review materials made by the visiting team from NASAD was simply a report and actions should not be made based on those private reports. Reach the authors at: firstname.lastname@example.org
TUESDAY, May 11, 2010
ADMISSIONS: Applicants say lack of communication has left them in the dark so many applicants remain uninformed about their status. According to the Budget Services website, the number of students at the school for the 2010-11 school year is expected to be reduced from 17,316 to 16,123. President Michael Ortiz said that only 3,000 of the 27,000 applicants would be admitted. Aggravated applicants vented frustrations in a thread featured at www.talk. collegeconfidential.com, a website dedicated to discussions about colleges and admissions. The thread has had nearly 31,000 views and more than 540 replies in the past few months. Many of those who have posted to the forum discuss angst and anger
regarding the lack of communication from Cal Poly admissions. Dorothy Wills, chair of the Geography and Anthropology Department, said that her daughter applied to Cal Poly before the November deadline, and went through the same problems many other potential students are facing. “There was a lot of confusion about the process and about whether or not students were qualified,” said Wills. “The idea of being qualified to be admitted to Cal Poly or any of the CSUs has changed as a function of the budget crisis.” Wills said that her daughter had received notification through BroncoDirect, however, she has not received a confirmation let-
My eyes literally swelled up with tears at the news. I could barely talk, so I just said thank you and goodbye. My dream of attending [Cal Poly] has been toyed with by the miscommunication.” —Lupe Cal Poly applicant
ter in the mail. “I think that enrollment services is probably doing the best they can, but there was a lot of chaos and confusion all year,” said Wills. “Because nobody knew what was happening and nobody knew how to make these decisions about who to admit and who not to admit. Its almost like it was randomized in some way.”
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Anthony Diaz, a hopeful Cal Poly applicant, said that the wait during the application process has been daunting. “I heard responses were due by May 1 and I had nothing to respond to,” said Diaz via e-mail. “Unfortunately, I have not been able to get a hold of school officials since office hours have been shortened due to the state-wide
ELECTIONS: Students show little enthusiasm this year continued from page 1 or get involved, but I do know that there are students that want to get involved, they just don’t know how,” said Andrea Nechvatal, senator at-large candidate for Greek Council. Souley, ASI presidential candidate, said student government needs to make more of an effort to reach out to the student body next year. “Something we are willing to do is go to classes to make presentations to make students more aware of what is going on around campus,” Souley said. Some of the candidates believe that the lack of competition for many positions has contributed to student apathy this year’s elections. “It’s hard because this year there is only one major ticket; in previous years, there’s at least two,” said
Sergio Nava, senator for Greek council. “This year students pretty much only have one choice.” ASI President Richard Liu agreed with Nava. “I was not surprised at all, because this year it’s only one ticket,” said Liu. Nava said between six and eight people chose not to campaign because they realized how much work is required of them and how time consuming it is. Nava also said he believes part of the reason people aren’t running is that information about elections and campaigning was rushed. Though campus awareness about the elections seems low, Sanchez said he made efforts to spread the word through both print and electronic media.
“I’m trying to get on the electronic key, I’ve been doing Poly Post ads, and I will send out an e-mail to all students next week informing them of the election,” said Sanchez. Next year, campaigning will begin at the start of winter quarter to allow more time for candidates to prepare their campaign platforms and raise awareness on campus. To provide further encouragement, students who vote this year will get a coupon for a Grand Slam breakfast from Denny’s. If not enough students vote, there will be a rerun the following week. Candidates need 50 percent of total votes cast to win. The president needs at least 100 votes. Liu said he hopes the candidates will remain up-
beat, even if overall enthusiasm is low. “I don’t want the candidates to be discouraged by this,” said Liu. “Whoever showed up, whoever sat in those chairs today really cared about the campus.” David Levinson, ASI secretary of internal affairs, said he finds the single ticket election unsettling, but understands why some students chose not to run. “I cannot blame anyone for the lack of potential leadership due to more focus on studies and employment,” Levinson said. “I have faith in the current group running for office and wish them the best of luck in the uncertain financial climate we are currently in.” Reach the authors at: email@example.com
crisis.” Diaz said that he has been attempting to contact school officials regarding the status of his application, but has not given up hope just yet. “Cal Poly, accept me already!” said Diaz. Another applicant, who wished to be identified only as Lupe, said she discovered that she had been rejected by the Mechanical Engineering Department, even though she was told she was waitlisted by the Admissions Office. “Cal Poly Pomona has been my dream school since I decided on doing engineering as my major,” Lupe said. “My status on BroncoDirect has not changed since March. According to [the] website … my application
is under review. I feel this is misleading, because when I called admissions they said it meant I was on a waitlist. However, they transferred me to the ME Department for clarification. The individual at the ME department, just told me that if I wasn’t accepted already then I was denied.” Lupe said the poor communication among different campus departments made a bad situation even worse. “My eyes literally swelled up with tears at the news,” Lupe said. “I could barely talk, so I just said thank you and goodbye. My dream of attending [Cal Poly] has been toyed with by the miscommunication.” Reach Melissa Fowler at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidate enters race for ENV senator With the announcement last week by Ivan Tellez that he is running for ENV senator, two candidates, both of whom are write-ins, are now competing for the position.
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Tellez said he did not campaign sooner because he wasn’t informed earlier. “I would like to have professors take some time out in class to remind students of meetings with in the environmental department.” Tellez said. “I want to encourage professors to encourage their students.”
Stafford wants to improve the student/administration outreach. “One of the most frustrating things for me was how little impact we seem to be having on the administration. There was very little outreach.” “I care a lot about this campus -- I’m going to be here for another two years,” he said.
LIVESTOCK: Animals to be sold off to pay for repairs on rundown facilities continued from page 1 “As dean, I’ve made the pledge to match our meager college discretionary funds with profits from animal sales to begin repairs to get these units into decent operational shape,” Young said. Minor work on the facilities has already started, but the majority of repairs and renovations remain to be completed. “We have already made some repairs to our swine unit this spring and the sheep and cattle units will be worked on in the upcoming months,” said Young. “By reducing and selling our [surplus] animals, it will help to provide badly needed funds for improvements to these units. My goal is to provide enough animals to meet our teaching needs, provide for the proper care and welfare of these animals, keep these units ecologically and financially sustainable, and provide a safe learning environment for our students.” Earlier this year, Young promised faculty members he would match profits from animal sales to help with the deteriorating units. Since the Animal Science Department is downsizing and selling off a large portion of its animal
population, the college expects to raise approximately $50,000 by the end of this year from revenue generated from the sales. Students, staff and faculty members who are concerned about the dilapidated conditions of the units have created a Facebook group entitled “Support the Livestock Units at Cal Poly Pomona!” The page was created at the beginning of February and has since swelled to more than 600 members. “I am determined to save the livestock units,” said Sarah Dick, a fourthyear agriculture science student and ASI agriculture senator candidate. “One of my campaign promises, if elected, is to continue the agriculture legacy here at Cal Poly and that includes preserving our unique research facilities.” The group describes the livestock units at Cal Poly as a way to “provide students with hands on experience that prepares them for graduate school and future careers.” The group goes as far as to plead to its virtual audience that “outside support is greatly needed” in order to maintain its crumbling
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The livestock units, built in the 1950s, have had maintenance and repairs delayed due to a lack of funding. Recently, the dean of the College of Agriculture promised to match funds generated from selling animals to use for repairs. facilities. “I don’t know what the deal is as of now,” said Allison Nunn, a Cal Poly agriculture alumna and Ross University graduate student. “All I know is that I’m in my first semester as a veterinarian grad student and already my experiences in the livestock units at Cal Poly have proved to be invaluable. I
feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn in that environment. I hope something can be done so that Cal Poly can continue giving students these experiences.” Some students from nearby Mt. San Antonio College, who expect to transfer to Cal Poly in the fall, remain skeptical as to the effective-
ness of a run-down and deteriorating environment. “I’m not saying our facilities [at Mt. SAC] are as technologically advanced by any means, but from a cosmetic standpoint they look about 10 times better than the ones at Cal Poly at the moment,” said Ron Baker, a second-year animal science student at Mt. SAC. “I hope
the situation improves. Good agriculture schools are becoming harder to find nowadays. The only other schools I would consider are UC Davis or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, but those are still too far away for me. Cal Poly is in an ideal location.” Reach Matt Ward at: email@example.com
CENTER: Senators concerned about funding preschool used by few student-parents continued from page 1 tially impact the accreditation of the center and increase the student to teacher ratio from 8:1 to 12:1. A reduction in enrollment in place by the university forces ASI to account for an approximate 40 percent decrease in ASI fees. While student tuition cost has risen, this increase has not contributed more funds to the ASI budget. ASI fees can only be increased by student vote.
During the meeting, senators asked if the Children’s Center was looking for alternative funding. Bailey replied that they had applied for two grants and were rejected by one and are still awaiting reply from another. If the Children’s Center looses its accreditation, it is possible that it will negatively impact its ability to receive grant funding. Although parents are
fearful the economic crisis will lead to the closing of the Children’s Center, ASI senators made it clear that is not an option. As a possible solution it was suggested that ASI could dip into the reserve funds to help relieve the deficit, but the group concluded that doing so would be detrimental to all ASI funded entities in the coming years. As “students serving
students” the Environmental Design College Senator Matt Stafford is fearful that cutting funds from other programs will lead to a “reduced experience for incoming students at Cal Poly.” ASI is faced with a $186, 000 deficit. “We have to cut from a lot of organizations, but clubs are not affected by this at all,” said Will Pfeffer ASI senator at large for Educational Inter-
est Council. While Campus Recreation took the initiative to reduce $50,000 in funding and still serves 5,000 students, the Children’s Center has not seen the same reduction. Although further discussion of cuts will take place next Thursday, ASI did allocate nearly $10,000 to the American Society of Civil Engineering and the Formula 1 Hybrid Team clubs.
Other budgetary decisions discussed included: ASI Beat, Campus Recreation and ASI elections. The next budget deliberation meeting is scheduled for Thursday and while no new budgets have been passed, a decision must be made by the senators within the coming weeks. Reach the authors at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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PROSTITUTION: Organization seeks to help young victims of sex trafficking continued from page 2 “We want to send a message of hope,” said Heather Colletto. The Collettos made it clear that although the evening’s subject was heavy and disturbing, it should still project a message of hope and promise for the future. Rachel Sparks, the
founder of the SOLD Project and director of the organization’s 2008 documentary “The SOLD Project: Thailand,” has confidence in her organization’s growth, and has become deeply involved in the children’s lives that she has changed. “I want to meet the faces
behind the statistics,” Sparks said during the film. The video clips portrayed the harsh reality of sex trafficking in Thailand, and the negative repercussions it has on children, such as depression, drug abuse and HIV. After the conclusion of the presentation, Amber
Quoc, a fourth-year foods and nutrition student, was emotional, but also optimistic about the help the SOLD Project offers. “It is invigorating,” Quoc said. “[The program] makes you want to go out and do something about the problem – it is very motiva-
tional.” The Collettos were extremely grateful to Aespuro and everyone who came out to learn more about the project. “My proudest moment is right now – being here and spreading our message,” said Michael Colletto, who was
brought to tears after watching the video, even though he had seen it more than 50 times. For more information about SOLD, visit www.thesoldproject.org. Reach Micheala Ard at: email@example.com
VEHICLE: Club encourages students from all majors to help with project continued from page 2
tion,” said Hedge. This year’s vehicle began life as a chromoly tube frame assembled and welded by the students. The frame was fitted with three wheels and a tilting mechanism that provided the ability to lean into corners for improved traction. Power came via the front wheel, which was spun by an
elaborate flexing drive chain. Bodywork was designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency and was a mix of composites, spandex and plexiglass. Inside the vehicle, the driver is situated snugly in a carbon fiber seat with legs extended forward toward the pedals. The steering apparatus is located behind the seat
to keep the driver’s elbows safely tucked. The team is scheduled to compete again next year at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ competition in Montana. John Kessler, the design manager for the team’s next vehicle and a third-year mechanical engineering student, is bursting with ideas about
how to improve the design for next year’s competition, some of which include making it rear-wheel-drive for better traction and improving the general ergonomics of the vehicle. “Next year our design will encompass utility as well as performance,” said Kessler. The Burnout Broncos
encourage all students to come to their Thursday meetings held in Building 9, room 313, during U-hour. “If you like riding, if you like building bikes and if you like competition; join,” said Kaspar. The club is looking for student participation from all concentrations, not just engineering students.
Club duties include presentation, writing and many other aspects that are not strictly engineering based. Anyone interested in getting involved with the team can contact Adam Sharp at AvSharp@csupomona.edu. Reach Evan Perkins at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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year fine arts student, said he wanted to hear a more collaborative tone among art students. “There is a lack of concern in hearing the voice of the students,” said Ingram.
When asked about the quality of denBoer’s answers, Ingram felt they were “cookie cut” and he would have liked to hear a response that was more of a game plan.
Ingram was also concerned with the variability of the savings. He didn’t understand how such a drastic decision could be made without exact figures. “How is your hand
forced if you don’t have all the answers?” asked Ingram. DenBoer said he was glad to see students standing up for their education. “I’m glad they [students] are angry because it
shows they care about their education,” said denBoer. “Their education is their future, however students need to understand that the problem starts in Sacramento.” DenBoer said the best
way for students to fight back is to get their friends and family involved and write to California’s lawmakers. Reach the authors at: email@example.com
AMANDA: Don’t let feckless administrators tear the heart out of your school continued from page 3 watch the dismantling of this school, the things we are proud of, such as agriculture and fine arts will be no more. It hurts me deeply to see a place I care so much about be stripped down to bare bone. In order to create a thriving learning environment, this university must be diverse and dynamic. Eliminating “weaker” departments, options and majors will suck the creativity and enjoyment out of
learning, creating a dull environment where passion is nowhere to be found. If the slashing of programs continues, our university will not be a place where architecture students can realize they really want to study graphic design, or where engineers discover a passion for music. Last week I attended the meeting with Provost Marten denBoer and students from the Art Department. As I sat in and listened, I was deeply disappointed by
my campus administrators. I saw fear, not courage, in their eyes. At a time when character and integrity is being tested, they hide behind podiums and microphones in order to avoid questions, while sidestepping responsibility. Now, more than ever, we need them to stand with us and not in opposition to us. Campus administration need to listen and join us in this fight to save the parts of this university we all care for.
Administrators and the small group of individuals who have the responsibility to make decisions regarding which programs to cut and which to keep, are not the ones to blame for the state of this budget crisis. But they are powerful individuals who can stand with us and join those who choose to advocate for the well-being of Cal Poly. Yet, if they do choose to join those who are advocating for a dollars and cents approach to education, will
you be among them or will you watch from the sidelines? It’s up to you, the student body, to form an opinion and then make your voices heard. The governor and state legislature will have to listen when we are united. But how can we expect our administrators to take a stand when the majority of students do not? I have attended every Brown Bag with the Presidents this academic year, and the constant under rep-
resentation of students has embarrassed me. What will it take for you to show you care about the future of higher education and this university? I know you are busy, but one day, when you have more time, there may not be anything left to fight for. Make a decision now. Show this administration you care about Cal Poly and call them to do the same. Reach Amanda Newfield at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Too much sun is no fun:
A recent study claims tanning not only causes concern for skin cancer, but also the danger of becoming addicted
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Younger generations’ tastes are rewriting literature with less morals Shelves are no longer stocked with the popular, beloved books of the ‘90s. Long gone is the nostalgic mixture of “Nancy Drew,” “The Baby-sitters Club” and “Goosebumps” novels. A glance at Barnes and Noble’s young adult section reveals the standard modern day array of books: the “Gossip Girl” series, the “Twilight” series, “The A-List” series, “The Clique” series and the Lauren Conrad series. Alia Berrymon, a firstyear psychology student, recalls her old favorite books. “I read ‘Nancy Drew’ and ‘Hardy Boys,’” said Berrymon. “Reading those books was a big part of my growing up.” Similar in plots, the new best sellers all seem to be directed toward an exclusively female audience. Sean Prenovost, a sixth-year civil engineering student, has noticed this change in marketing direction and the femaleoriented focus. “There are a lot
Books have taken a different path. I don’t know if that’s for the better or the worse, but it’s definitely a lot different. —Sean Prenovost Sixth-year civil engineering student
more girl books,” said Prenovost. “Books have taken a different path. I don’t know if that’s for the better or worst, but it’s definitely a lot different.” Donald Kraemer, an English and foreign languages professor, believes the change is for the better. “The change in book content may mean a change in common communicative ground,” said Kraemer. “The work itself is interesting, meaningful and therefore rewarding. Such influence is not bad.” The “Gossip Girl” series follows beautiful, privileged teens enjoy behaving badly. Sex, parties and the social ladder are at the top of the characters’ agendas, with little regard for morals.
Ismael Contreras, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student, is wary of the books’ content. “When I have a daughter, I wouldn’t want her to read books like that,” said Contreras. “When she’s 20 years old, I’ll allow it.” Books such as “The Clique” and “The A-list,” even by titles alone, reveal parallel content. The message the books send may not be setting the best examples for young adults. However, they are the best sellers, revealing insight to what the public wants. Young adults are easily influenced and may mimic their favorite characters. Valerie Rivera, a firstyear psychology student, disapproves of the current
trends in young adult novels. “They are a reflection of how our society has changed,” said Rivera. “It’s more commonplace to see a young girl wearing a lot of makeup. Elevenyear-olds read these books and want to be just like their favorite characters.” Another bestseller is the “Twilight” series. While vampires were found in English literature as early as 1797, the recent vampire craze has evolved into a number of series in books, television and the big screen. Today, Edward Cullen beats Dracula as the public’s most well-known and beloved vampire. “Relationship wise, Edward Cullen has created high expectations of men,” said Rivera. “Every girl wants her own Edward.”
Meanwhile, the bestsellers of the ‘90s had plots of building character, unraveling mysteries and simply growing up — at a normal pace. Alia Berrymon, a firstyear psychology student, remembers the messages she learned and cherished. “The books I read promoted creativity,” said Berrymon. “They took me to a different place, whereas today’s books are about drama. Books are supposed to take you away from that kind of stuff, not enhance it.” Prenovost also remembers similar positive messages. “I think there should be more moral-based books rather than these sorority girl books,” said Prenovost. “Books read today are a reflection of how our society’s going, and kids are our future.” Although some may be upset or bitter with the current trends, the youth is growing up faster than ever. So, literature must take a turn as well.
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Student cadets train to become future leaders DERRICK TARUC Staff Writer
here are three ways to be commissioned as an officer in the United States Army: Through Officer Candidate Schools, 90-day training programs for college graduates; through West Point, a four-year military academy; and through Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, better known as ROTC. “The majority of lieutenants, commissioned officers, come from ROTCs from all across the country,” said Fred Grigsby, Cal Poly detachment commander and former ROTC cadet at University of California, Davis. “What we do is we stretch it out over four years.” The ROTC is a leadership course offered as part of the regular college curriculum. It prepares students, or cadets, for leadership roles in the U.S. Army. Unit credits are given for military science classes, leadership labs and physical training at Cal Poly. But joining the ROTC does not necessarily mean
enlisting into the army. As a freshman and a sophomore, a cadet is not obligated to enlist. “[Some are] interested in the program, so they take classes and may stay a quarter or two,” said Grigsby. By junior year, the cadet may sign a contract to commit to join the U.S. Army. If this contract is broken, the cadet still joins the U.S. Army, not as a commissioned officer but as an enlisted member. It becomes tougher for junior and senior cadets. “They go through their years, and every year it’s more time intensive,” said Grigsby. Between junior and senior year, cadets go to four or more weeks of intense training and evaluation. They will receive six evaluations while they are there, which will have a significant impact on what branch of the military they get assigned to and whether they go to active duty, reserves or the National Guard. As seniors, they basically take control of the ROTC program. Grigsby and the others act as guides. Motivation for enlisting varies.
It incorporated a bunch of things that I really wanted to do, and I didn’t want to have an office job. — Fallon Blattner detachment commander cadet
Cadet Jacob Curtis, a fourth-year computer science student, wanted to be a part of the military right after high school despite his parents’ disapproval. “Something was missing,” said Curtis. “I’ve always felt this need to join the army and fulfill my service to my country.” The ROTC provided a balanced program that his parents could approve of. According to Curtis, he will get his college degree, serve his country and still accomplish his goals. Curtis said that he believes ROTC motivated and helped him improve as a person. “I used to be an introvert,” Curtis said. “It took a lot to motivate me to do something other than sports. It’s boosted my confidence. I’m able to talk to people and deal with people—any race, gender, type, whatever. I’m able to
Make the most of your quarter’s remaining furlough days by taking a day trip to charming downtown Claremont. Rated the best Californian city and the fifth best U.S. city to live in by CNN Money magazine in July 2007, the tree-lined town provides a classy experience when your morning classes are canceled. Fine dining restaurants and fancy clothing boutiques give the city a costly reputation, but discovering deals is not an impossible feat. Soak up spring’s mid-morning sunshine and stroll the city’s streets during the day for the best bargains. Hop on the eastbound 10 Freeway, drive about eight miles from campus and turn left at the Indian Hill exit. Prepare for your day by eating at family-owned BC Cafe, home to the city’s best and biggest breakfast for a bargain. BC Cafe takes its daytime meals seriously, as the establishment is only open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. During breakfast, the spot becomes packed with locals and visitors enjoying the cafe’s signature style: fresh ingredients and enormous portions. Order one of BC Cafe’s specialty omlettes with a side of pancakes and you’ll have enough food for days. The restaurant’s famous oversized flapjacks are golden, thick and fluffy. With its small price of $4.69 for a short stack, all that’s required is a large appetite. Continue a few miles north to visit Claremont Village, the city’s thriving downtown district. Enjoy free parking and explore one-of-a-kind specialty stores along the sidewalks. While Claremont is home to plenty of mainstream coffee shops, skip Starbucks in favor of 42nd Street Bagel Cafe on Yale Avenue. The Broadway-themed
interact and be effective in interacting with those people all because of the army and the ROTC program.” D e t a c h m e n t Commander Cadet Fallon Blattner, Grigsby’s student counterpart and a fourth-year finance student, was one of those who became attracted to the ROTC and the military after giving it a try. “I actually didn’t know about ROTC when I first came to college,” Blattner said. She was very active in athletics in high school and was invited to try physical training and liked it. Subsequently, she went to a month-long leadership training course in Fort Knox, Kentucky where she received instruction on what she missed during her first two years of college since she joined at the end of her sophomore year. After discovering how much she liked it, Blattner decided that
it was something she really wanted to do and could be proud of. “It incorporated a bunch of things that I really wanted to do, and I didn’t want to have an office job,” Blattner said. Grigsby compares the ROTC to any campus organization. “We are a club like any other club,” Grigsby said. “Once you get together any group of people and you spend time with them, you start forming those bonds, and you see that ‘Oh, they’re not just whacko John Waynetypes out there. We’re all the same.” With current U.S. conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, a role in the military means possible deployment. “A student that is signing the contract should have the expectation that they can and will probably be deploying at some point,” said Grigsby. But that is partly what ROTC is for. “We all know that it’s probably a good chance,” said Curtis. “But this all prepares us, and we feel more confident about it.” Reach Derrick Taruc at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tanners Anonymous New study suggests frequent tanning has negative effects, which may lead to addictive behavior Staff Writer At least 32 states prohibit minors using tanning facilities because of the harm from over exposure of ultra violet light rays, which increases the chance of skin cancer. The “health police” are back. State capitols across the nation agree that there needs to be more legislation against threats to public health, including tanning beds. First it was cigarettes, with many states banning public smoking to reduce the risk of secondhand smoke. Next the nation’s biggest beverage companies agreed to stop selling regular soft drinks in public schools in hopes of reducing the country’s growing obesity problem. Then the no driving and texting law was passed in 2009. Now tanning salons are getting heat. A recent study shed light on the subject of tanning and addiction. The study, conducted by
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the University of Albany, found 27 percent of the surveyed college students have a psychological dependence similar to what alcoholics and smokers experience. There are 12 steps for alcoholics, drug addicts, smoker and gamblers. Tanners Anonymous? “Addiction doesn’t only refer to drugs, ” said Andrew White, a third-year sociology student. “People can become addicted to a routine like tanning and breaking it can be just as hard as kicking drugs.” According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, nearly 30 million people tan indoors in the United States every year and on an average day, more than one million Americans use tanning salons. One in four women of the one million have a tanning addiction. Cal Poly is located in a great location where surf and sand is just a short drive down the 57 Freeway. Even with
Personally, I am addicted because I love being a golden brown color. —Ariana Tomko Self-proclaimed tanorexic
the beach in reach, there are more than 12 tanning salons located within 10 miles from campus. Although legislators and scientists are concerned about health consequences, some students are “tanorexic” and obsessed with tanning, despite the dangers of soaking up the sun. Ariana Tomko, a firstyear engineering student, refers to herself as being “tanorexic.” “Personally, I am addicted because I love being a golden brown color,” said Tomko. Tanning not only is an adjustment to a person’s appearance, but the ultra violet light boosts users’ moods because endorphins
are released. “It may sound silly but tanning gives my clients a confidence boost,” said Joey Chang, iTan Solarium Manager in San Diego. There is a local attraction to being tan that seems to reflect Hollywood’s image of beauty. “I think it’s more attractive to look at a tan butt rather than a white butt,” said Tomko. “I feel more sexy when I’m tan because I’m not white like a ghost.” Some male students, like Randy Klinkenborg, a fourth-year civil engineering student, think tanning is unnecessary. “I think girls that tan excessively are actually doing more harm than good in terms
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of their physical appearance,” said Klinkenborg “In most cases, it’s clearly obvious, and their unnatural look is less than appealing.” Tanning is often associated with women, but some men also consider doing the 20-minute instant tan. “If I had an event I didn’t want to be pasty for, I would tan in a bed if I knew I wouldn’t look orange,” said White. Indoor tanning is
available when the sun’s rays are out of reach, but many opt to save the rays for sunny summer days. “I like to lay outside for a tan,” said Ciera Dallas, a second-year biology student. “No fake and baking for me.” Andrea Waitrovich, lifestyle editor, contributed to this article. Reach Katie O’Laughlin at: email@example.com
On campus boot camp aims to keep students in shape LINDSAY O’GORMAN Correspondent
LISA ROBLES Correspondent
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Students participate Monday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the campus gym’s cardiovascular conditioning and muscular building combination boot camp routine.
With the school year winding down and summer rapidly approaching, Cal Poly faculty, staff and students may enroll in boot camp to get their bodies beach ready. The boot camp program was started four years ago by alumnus Sean Del Rossi, who was looking to diversify the way students stay healthy. The course, which runs for six weeks every quarter, is a combination of cardiovascular conditioning, muscular building and core stability strengthening. Like all classes run by the campus recreation center, the boot camp has student instructors.
Turo Gamez, a fourthyear civil engineering student, and Cassie Duncan, a fourth-year kinesiology student, said they instruct the intense boot camp activities for fun. “My favorite part about teaching the class is helping people with their health and helping them gain better exercise skills,” said Gamez. Participants are able to attend two classes every week. “One of the best parts about the program is the camaraderie and energy you build throughout the six weeks,” said Kenny Flores, an ASI staff member. Despite common misconceptions, boot camp exercises are not always military inspired. Gamez and Duncan work hard to make everyone feel comfortable
while maintaining a fun environment. “I love the interaction between the instructors and the ‘booters,’” said Duncan. “Seeing me be so energetic helps them get through the class.” Boot camp is worth the hard effort and dedication, according to experienced participants. “I love it,” said Meaghan Smith, a returning staff facility member. “I hate the few moments leading up to it, but the feeling afterward is so worth it,” The class is held Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The camp costs $55 for members and $65 for nonmembers. Reach the authors at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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HP develops potential iPad killer Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Hewlett-Packard
Companies compete with Apple’s advancements by making their own versions MATTHEW WARD Staff Writer With the technological leaps and bounds achieved in recent years by Apple Inc., Hewlett Packard, one of the original founders of the personal computer, is beginning to retake territory and make a push into the mainstream market once again. The “Slate,” as it’s currently known, is rumored to covertly appear on shelves this summer as a direct competitor to Apple’s reining multi-touch tablet computer. As of April 27, Apple has reported that approximately 800,000 iPads have been sold in the short period of time since its release. Industry experts predict up to 2.5 million iPads will be shipped by the end of the year. As it stands, the iPad is superior in almost every single way, compared with HP’s recent entrance into the touch screen market. Specifications that leaked from a recent Ya-
hoo news article reveals the HP’s many shortcomings. “I bought one on opening day from the Apple store in Pasadena,” said Marc Aspiras, a first-year mechanical engineering student. “It’s changed the way I surf the web and communicate with my friends. You can just sit on your couch watching the TV and during commercials just look down and be on Facebook.” A critical blow to the HP model is that it does not support network frequency 802.11n, the latest official Wi-Fi standard. It also sports a much smaller battery life, barely able to muster up the strength to supply power to the device for more than five hours of battery life, versus 10 hours for the iPad. The final nail in the coffin comes from a slightly more expensive price tag for the 16GB model ($549, versus $499 for the 16GB iPad) — although, to be fair, the $549 16GB Slate might come
with a SIM tray, whereas the equivalent 3G-enabled iPad will set you back $629. “More expensive, less battery life and no Apple OS, no thanks,” said Rohini Angelo, a third-year computer science student. HP fans are anticipating a key feature that was left out on the iPad: The ability to videochat while holding the tablet. “I use Skype a lot and I think it will be cool to be walking around my house chatting with people wherever I roam,” said Calvin Chen, a fourth-year marketing student. “This feature alone could revolutionize the way businesses operate and improve the quality of communication amongst employees.” No official release date has been stated but industry experts from engadget.com predict the HP Slate to go gold this summer. Reach Matthew Ward at: email@example.com
TUESDAY, May 11, 2010
Influential professor plans to retire soon FARHEEN DAYALA Staff Writer University campuses are filled with professors, however it is rare to find a professor like Toni Mokjaetji Humber. “Dr. Humber is definitely not your everyday professor,” said Yafa Aweinat, a third-year gender, ethnic and multicultural studies student. “One realizes through taking her classes that her passion reaches well beyond the textbook. Her way of changing the world is by teaching tolerance and love.” Humber has been teaching students about Africa and black culture for 15 years in the Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department.
Toni Mokjaetji Humber
“She is a great teacher with an engaging personality and a thirst for knowledge,” said Akilah Kimble, a third-year public relations student. Humber grew up in Watts, an area that traces back to her family history in the 1920s. Her father was the first black deputy marshal and was second highest-ranking
police officer in the nation. Her mother was a dancer. Humber’s father taught her discipline and how to break through barriers. Her mother taught her to appreciate and love the arts. While her parents greatly influenced her upbringing, nobody influenced Humber more than her grandmothers. They were nurturing, caring and the core foundation of her family. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State Los Angeles and received a master’s degree in education from Loyola Marymount University. Humber then worked in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 18 years
where she taught the second grade. In addition, she also became an advisor for the nation’s first program dealing with language and cultural needs of African American students. At the age of 41, Humber decided to further her education by getting her doctorate in sociolinguistics from Howard University. “Howard University was an incredible journey for me,” said Humber. “I would pass through halls named after African American pioneers. I was nurtured and supported by African American excellence and brilliance.” In addition to teaching about black culture, Humber also loves to travel. Although she’s traveled
throughout many parts of the world, such as Panama, Brazil and Mexico, her trip to West Africa made the biggest impact. “The trip to West Africa in 1972 changed my life; it was painful because I went to slave dungeons,” said Humber. “I learned the truth of African people versus the lies in the U.S. When I came back from West Africa, I promised myself that none of my students will be as ignorant about the African culture as I was.” Aside from teaching here at Cal Poly, Humber has also contributed in other ways. The annual Kwanzaa celebration, African Kings and Queens and the African American Heritage Tour
are just some of the many establishments created by Humber. Humber will wrap up her teaching career of 15 years after the 2011 winter quarter. “I have fun in my classes,” said Humber. “I like to have my students think outside of the box. I will continue lecturing and I will continue teaching but I will not do as much grading.” During her retirement, Humber plans to keep traveling. “I want to revisit West Africa, climb Mount Kilimanjaro, ” said Humber. “I want to go back to Brazil. I want to travel until I can’t travel anymore.” Reach Farheen Dayala at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marvel’s armored superhero flick lacks action in sequel AARON FENN In an introductory scene of “Iron Man 2,” Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., goes zipping through the skies as Iron Man, lands on the stage at the Stark Expo and exclaims to crowds of people gathered inside, “Oh, it’s good to be back.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, Mr. Stark. “Iron Man 2” picks right up where the original left off. Iron Man had revealed his true identity to the American public as Tony Stark, which is a big “no-no” in the unwritten guidelines of how to be a superhero. Downey Jr. reprises his role as Stark and is absolutely better than ever.
Downey offers a character that is hilariously sarcastic, vulnerable and a pure delight to watch on screen. “Moon’s” Sam Rockwell is also incredible as the “business-man villain” Justin Hammer and steals almost every single scene he appears in. Surprisingly, the film is sparse on its action sequences
but manages to still entertain its audience with interesting dialogue and comedic bits revolving around Stark’s sarcastic rants. Although the film is highly entertaining, one of the problems with “Iron Man 2” is there are just too many things going on in one movie. I can’t help but feel that anything to do with the Avengers and Scarlett Johansson’s Natalie Rushman, also known as Black Widow, was solely thrown in to garner appreciation among “fanboys” everywhere. While these scenes may be entertaining, director Jon Faverau seems to have forgotten the old adage of “less is more.” Ultimately, “Iron Man 2” lacks the
Theater on Second Street. The small cinema regularly shows a mix of box office hits with limited-release films. Tickets are $8 before 6 p.m Monday through Friday. Tune into a new world of melodies at the Folk Music Center on Yale Avenue, a unique and sophisticated store in the heart of downtown Claremont. Owned by the grandparents of Grammyaward winning musician Ben
Harper, the center is a haven for musicians and music lovers alike. The shop serves as one of the most interesting spots in the village and draws an eclectic crowd. Doubling as a specialty store and instrument museum, the Folk Music Center features some of the most exotic instruments in existence: the Australian didgeridoo, the African djembe, the Middle Eastern oud, and even the wooden
frog. Folk Music Center employees are rich in musical knowledge and eager to answer questions. Find your inner musician by exploring the shelves, as every inch of the store is stocked with an interesting instrument or musical item. The Claremont Village has plenty more ways to make your furlough days full of frugal fun. Check out independent-
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simplicity that made the first one so incredibly fun. The bottom line is that “Iron Man 2” stars Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. That, in itself, has more entertainment value than most blockbusters. It’s a sequel that may not be better than the first one, but it’s still a pretty good time at the movies and a nice way to kick off the summer film season. On a side note, if you consider yourself a “fanboy,” stay until the final credits for something that will make you smile with glee. However, if you do not, you may be entirely puzzled as to what that final image actually means.
music outlet Rhino Records for their $1 music, movie and vinyl sections. E x p l o r e Ecoterra Health Market for nutritious grocery items and head toward the free sample station for wholesome treats. Visit www. thevillageclaremont.com for a complete directory.
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cafe offers more than 20 different varieties of freshly baked, 94-cent bagels, with flavors ranging from chocolate chip to Parmesan tomato basil. Pair your bagel with one of the cafe’s 11 types of cream cheese, such as honey nut raisin or low fat very berry. If you’re looking for a heartier bite, opt for the “ConEGGtion,” a $3.89 breakfast bagel topped with eggs, cheddar cheese, ham,
bacon or sausage. Wash down your piece of bagel bliss with a cup of 42nd Street’s premium roast coffee. The cafe’s small cup holds 16 ounces and allows for unlimited free refills. A different specialty blend is featured daily, from Irish Crème to Hazelnut roasts. Flash your Bronco I.D. card for a delectable discount. Catch an independent film the inexpensive way at Laemmle’s Claremont 5
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Corrections Last week in the article “Gettin’ Your Greek on at Greekelodeon, Greek Week 2010,” the Poly Post inaccurately reported that the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon won Monday’s event Quiz Bowl. The correct winner was Sigma Chi. The Post acknowledges this mistake and deeply regrets the error.
OPINIONS POLY POST
TUESDAY, May 11, 2010
Illustrations by Sarah Elkeaikati and Roland Tran
Career moves come too soon after assault charge Staff Writer
hris Brown belted out the national anthem prior to the World Championship Boxing match between Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. and Sugar Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 1. The irony here is pretty obvious. Earlier last year, Brown turned himself in for making criminal threats and assaulting his then girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna. Rihanna’s normally flawless face was captured in gruesome police photos covered in dark bruises, swelling, a split lip and a bloody nose. Is it questionable for Chris Brown to be singing before a boxing match? Definitely. It has been less than a year since his arrest, yet he has the nerve to sing the respected “Star-Spangled Banner” before a boxing match—a sport centered on physical abuse. Can time really heal Brown’s tainted image? He made his mistake and he did own up to it by turning himself in. But someone in the doghouse should be careful of his or her actions, especially when that person is a public figure.
I’m human. How many of you are perfect? If there is no forgiveness, there is no change. —Chris Brown via Twitter
Supporting an event full of violence does not show a sincere request for forgiveness. Not surprisingly, Brown’s performance was met with backlash from the audience and the media alike. His immediate response pitifully pleaded with the public. He used Twitter to express his feelings on the criticism he has received. “I’m human. How many of you are perfect? If there is no forgiveness, there is no change … I’m humbled by everything.” Since then, the tweets have been removed. Obviously Brown didn’t think about the repercussions of his actions when he abused his former girlfriend. Maybe
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Provost denBoer addresses Fine Arts option program cut I would like to add context to The Poly Post’s coverage of my recommendation to close the Fine Arts option. My recommendation is based on two factors: 1) The disastrous state budget crisis, which has cut our state funding by 23 percent and forced us to review many programs across campus. 2) Serious concerns regarding the quality of the Fine Arts option in the Art Department. The Poly Post article (“Fine Arts Targeted for Closure,” May 4) said that “campus officials made a point of saying the program was being slated for elimination due to its lack of accreditation.” This is not accurate. It was not the lack of accreditation, but serious concerns about the quality of the Fine Arts option, that initiated a closer examination of its future. These long-standing concerns have been pointed out in earlier National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) reviews, and were raised most recently by a team of art professors from other universities carrying out the current NASAD review. While it does appear that the NASAD Commission, which oversees accreditation for some art departments, has reaffirmed accreditation of our Art Department, including its Graphic Design, Art History and Fine Arts options, this does not address the ongoing concerns about quality in the Fine Arts
it is time Brown started thinking before he acts. Frankly, Rihanna also lacks the attribute of thinking before acting. The artist’s current hit “Rude Boy” is the prime example. Rihanna already had her run in with rude boy Chris Brown. Why on earth would she want another rude boy? Shouldn’t she be singing about a nice boy or a polite boy? The suggestive lyrics even read, “I like the way you pull my hair.” Clearly, the song is just meant to be overtly sexual. However, like Brown’s actions, it is simply too soon. She has been the recent victim of violence, and the song’s implication of sexual violence touches a little too close to her own destructive relationship with Brown. For your sake Rihanna, please don’t find yourself another rude boy. After all, whoever says, “nice guys finish last” is completely wrong. In the long run, the nice ones are usually winners. Best of all, they don’t get arrested.
option. The fundamental question in the current budget climate is: Can the university afford to make the investments that would be needed to raise the Fine Arts option to a level of excellence? Reluctantly, I conclude that we cannot, and on that basis I have recommended closing the option, in an orderly manner that enables our students to complete their degrees. What we need now is a thoughtful and transparent academic discourse. That is the process we have in place, developed by the Academic Senate, so faculty from across the university can engage in this discussion and make a recommendation that is in the best interests of our students and the university. This academic discourse is not furthered by emotional rhetoric or references to failed military operations and political smear campaigns. I believe strongly in the value of this university as a place of intellectual engagement and academic scholarship, which exposes students to all the disciplines, including the fine arts. The critical question we all must face is how to continue that commitment in the face of our dramatically awful current and ongoing fiscal constraints.
Marten denBoer Provost
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TUESDAY, May 11, 2010
Finding a female seat in sports-watching
Game time means time away from her
Opinions Editor It’s the middle of May and playoff basketball is at its peak. With the NBA conference semi-finals underway, I find myself bombarded with questions from the “Sports Police” regarding my love and knowledge of the game. OK, I understand that I am female, and as such I am not expected to comprehend the oh-so-complex nature of sports. So there are teams and a ball and it goes in the basket and points are scored, right? Sorry to burst your bubble guys but it’s not 1950. A lot of women like sports just as much as you do and can consciously sit through a game, root for their team, curse out the refs and celebrate a win. The moment a woman mentions her love for a sport or team, the men around
scoff like it’s an “All-Boys Secret Society” that will never grant her access. She’ll get swamped with questions and failure to answer them with perfect accuracy will result in her automatic disqualification. First of all, most guys aren’t even 100 percent knowledgeable about sports. Yet their comments and opinions are accepted simply because they are male. Men think we just watch sports to admire the handsome athletes and the color coordination of their uniforms. While those are definitely perks (I’ll admit to owning a pair of purple pumps I wear exclusively on Laker game days) we still care about the game. Instead of doubting us, see our interest in sports as another thing we can bond over. Go Lakers!
Special to the Post Girls, Girls, Girls. Don’t you understand that men need some alone time? Our entire life is already all about you. Now you’re even invading our small world of sports, which has served as our away time for hundreds of years. Sunday afternoons watching football and Thursday nights watching basketball is only fun when we can bask in all the flaws that we normally have to hide in front of you. Farting, burping, and just being pigs is commonplace when woman aren’t around. We want to watch sports, enjoy the game, talk about women and be messy. But now with you enjoying sports too, you’ve ruined the pig-hours of our week. We don’t want to bond over sports. We already
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As Associated Students Inc. leaders, it is our responsibility to inform the students of important activities taking place within ASI. During this budgeting season, the ASI Senate is deliberating the financial proportions of eight annually funded groups that are not covered by earmarks and yearly allocations. These annually funded groups are the ASI Bron-
bond most of the time. We have to carry your bags, go out with you, sleep next to you and live with you. Please loosen the adhesive once in a while. If you’re going to watch sports, please spare us your comments about how hot baseball players look in their uniforms or how much you love D-Wade’s commercials during the NBA Playoffs. We need space from each other. Watching sports is the only way we can ignore our phone for two hours without you getting worried and making up crazy scenarios in your head about how we cheat. We love your interest in sports but the FIFA world cup 2010 is a beer marathon with the boys. Plus, the “Sex and the City” sequel comes out soon anyway. Reach Tobias Jahn at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senators encourage student involvement in ASI budget deliberations
co Event and Activities Team (BEAT), ASI Campus Recreation, ASI Government & Operations, ASI Departments, ASI Elections, the Learning Resource Center (ASI Tutoring and Retention Program), Blood Drive, and the Children’s Center. All groups are supposed to serve the students, either directly or indirectly. The monetary proportions to some
of these groups have given rise to lively debate within the ASI Senate. As a result, we all encourage students to come to the ASI Senate meetings every Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at the England Evans Board Room in the BSC, in order to insure that their voice is being properly represented, and their money is being properly allocated during these economically difficult times.
John “Wookie” Jianu, ASI IHC Senator At Large Seth Huang, ASI Science Senator, Senator Pro-Tempore For a closer look at the proposed budgets for these programs, visit the opinions section at thepolypost.com.
SPORTS POLY POST
TUESDAY, May 11, 2010
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Sophomore Middle Distance Runner Kyle Wolff, holds up her award for winning the 800-meter run during the award ceremony at the CCAA Championships held at UCSD.
Women’s team ends season on high note RICHARD MORALES Correspondent The women’s track and field team competed at the CCAA Championships in San Diego last week, placed fifth overall and completed its season with some notable finishes. “We have had great student athletes this year. They have been amazing,” said Head Coach Troy Johnson. “We have competed in meets against some of the best competition in the country, even the world.” Senior Ileana Tejada had one of the women’s best finishes. Tejada took first in the hammer throw, with a distance of 168-03. “I knew I was capable of doing it from the beginning,” said Tejada. “The hard part for me was
just convincing myself during the competition that I could [become champion]. The feeling is so unbelievable.” Throughout the day, senior Amanda Smith and freshman Elizabeth Regan competed in the heptathlon, finishing sixth and 11th, respectively. The heptathlon is a seven-event competition, consisting of the javelin, the 200, the 100 hurdles, the shot put, the 800, the high jump and the long jump. Senior Tokunbo Adeniji placed sixth in the 400, with a time of 55.45. Adeniji also participated in the 4x100 along with freshman Ariel Whitney, Smith and freshman Brooke Gamble. The team finished fourth with a time of 47.88. Competing along with Smith in the long jump was sophomore
Tramieka Thomas. Thomas placed second and Smith took third. While Thomas and Smith both had jumps measuring 17-05 3/4, Thomas had to contend with a faster wind. Thomas then competed in the triple jump, finishing in fourth with a jump of 34-04. Sophomore Kyle Wolff won the 800 with a time of 2:16.71. Wolff later competed in the 4x400, along with Whitney, Gamble, and Adeniji. The team finished fourth with a time of 3:50.11. In the pole vault, senior Allison Brewer and sophomore Jennifer Adams both finished with a vault height of 8-09, placing 13th and 14th, respectively. “I tried my best,” said Adams. “This year was a real learning experience. Next year is going to be huge. We had an amazing year, everyone [on the team] and pushed
themselves really hard.” As the event came to a close on Saturday, four of Cal Poly’s women, all of them freshmen, chose to participate in the 5000. Tiffany Dinh, Alyssa Thiele, Victoria Bateman and Lizette Macias completed the race, and upon doing so, marked the end of the season. “The women’s progression was amazing [as the season ended],” said Coach Johnson. “This year was focused on fixing some technical issues. Next year will be way better,” said Adams. The 2010 season ended for most of the women’s team on Saturday, but the team is already building confidence and hope for next year. Reach Richard Morales at: email@example.com
Men’s team takes third in CCAA championships MITCHELL SALTZMAN Staff Writer
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Junior Thrower Andrew Miller competes the Javelin event on Saturday’s Finals Round of competition at the CCAA Championships held at UCSD. Miller finished fourth overall.
The men’s track and field team placed third in the CCAA Championships last week in La Jolla, marking the second straight year it has placed third behind Chico State and UC San Diego. Though the team did not come home with first or second place, several athletes set personal records. Head Coach Troy Johnson was pleased with the team’s performance. “I think we can walk with our heads up and know that we put in a great battle,” said Coach Johnson. “I think
we competed well.” One Bronco who performed particularly well throughout the meet was senior Jonathan Williams, who not only overcame a strong headwind and placed first in the 100-meter dash, but also set a personal best time for the 200 with a time of 21.25 seconds. Despite setting a personal best, Williams came in second in the event by just one hundredth of a second. “I really liked how [Williams] ran that event,” said Johnson. “He had a good night.” Williams was not the only standout athlete on the team during the meet.
Men’s basketball team honored by state leaders Torres, Taijeron Four state leaders were present at an event to recognize the NCAA Div. II Champion men’s basketball team April 30. The event began at noon at Center Court in the BSC. State leaders present included State Senator Bob Huff (R-29th Senate District) and Rufino Bautista, who represented Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-32nd Senate
District). Assembly members Curt Hagman (R-60th Assembly District) and Norma Torres (D-61st Assembly District) were also present at the event. “I think the name recognition alone will bring a new status and recognition to the University,” said Torres. “It shows we are achievers in both body and mind.” Vice President for Stu-
dent Affairs Doug Freer said the campus is already seeing benefits from the victory. “This [championship] has brought an incredible amount of enthusiasm to the campus,” said Freer. “[We are] already seeing increases in applications. We just hope to keep the momentum going. We just hope people know a little more about this institution.”
named to 2010 All-CCAA team Last Wednesday, sophomore first baseman and catcher Jenzen Torres and junior center fielder Travis Taijeron were named to the 2010 CCAA baseball honors team. Torres became the first Cal Poly player since catcher Anthony Esquer in 2006 to achieve first-team status. Torres finished the
CCAA Championships La Jolla, Calif. SATURDAY FINALS
200-meter dash — 7, Tokunbo Adeniji, 25.41 400-meter dash — 3, Tokunbo Adeniji, 55.45 800-meter dash — 8, Amber Hebb, 2:22.36 1500-meter dash — 7, Amber Hebb, 4:51.33 Triple jump — 4, Megan Emami, 36-2 3/4 Hammer throw — 1, Ilana Tejada, 168-3 Shot put — 6, Riz Carrington, 41-1 1/2 4x100 relay — 4, (Ariel Whitney, Amanda Smith, Tokunbo Adeniji, Brooke Gamble) 47.99
1. UC San Diego, 75 2. Chico State, 62 3. San Francisco St., 44 4. Cal State Los Angeles, 41 5. Cal Poly Pomona, 30 6. Humboldt State, 10 7. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 6 8. Cal State Stanislaus, 5
Information from broncoathletics.com, goccaa.org
Sophomore Jake Deavers ran very well in both the 110 and 400 hurdles, earning second place in both races with times of 14.81 and 53.67, respectively. Juniors Carter Griffin and Corey Arnold also had good runs in the 400. Griffin took second with a time of 47.77 and Arnold placed third with a time of 48.55. Arnold’s time of 48.55 was a personal best for the event, beating his previous time of 48.87. The Broncos also saw success in both the 4x100 and 4x400. In the 4x400, the team consisting of Deavers, Arnold, Griffin and freshman Matt Boudreau took first, crossing the finish line nearly two seconds before the second place team from Cal State Stanislaus. In the 4x100, it was Deavers, Williams, Griffin and senior Michael Hernandez who placed second with a time of 41.23.
Junior Neil Macrorie turned in a solid performance in the decathlon, not only placing fourth overall with a score of 6,234 points, but also winning first place in the 110 hurdles with a personal best time of 15.39. Macrorie’s previous personal best in the event was 15.62. The final destination is the NCAA Championships on May 27. Johnson said that the team probably would not know who will be qualified for the event until next Tuesday. Athletes are selected to participate in the NCAA Championships by a committee based on their provisional rankings. Anywhere from 16 to 20 athletes from each event are then chosen to compete at the championship meet.
2010 season with a .313 average and 12 home runs. The native of Valencia, who is the only sophomore to make first-team, also had a team-leading 54 RBIs, which are the most any Bronco has had since first baseman Ryan Vorell hit 58 RBIs in 2001. The versatile Torres started 26 games and 24 games at first base and catcher, respectively, and this is his second All-CCAA recognition. Torres was
second-team All-CCAA last season. Earning second-team All-CCAA honors for the second straight year was Taijeron, who broke Cal Poly’s single-season home run record and led the CCAA with 16 home runs. The previous record was 14, set by Vorell in 2001. Taijeron, an El Cajon native, also hit .345 and had 48 RBIs for the season.
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Classic pickup trucks and an exhibition of customized automobiles line up at the Tractor & Car Show last Saturday.
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Children feed the goats at the petting zoo. Other kid-friendly activities include horse and tractor rides.
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Visitors to the annual Strawberry Festival take to the fields near the Farm Store to pick fresh strawberries.