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[Issue 59.1] “This place is like Disneyland.” Letter from the Editor

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our years ago, I stepped onto this campus as a 17-year-old freshman living in the dorms with no car, no friends, and plenty of time on my hands. On weekends, I often found myself taking trips to the bookstore to spend extra cash (I would later find out that extra cash would go towards beer) on various items to pump up my school spirit. I had thought that it was my fault that I felt no sense of community on the completely abandoned campus. “Maybe everyone is down at the social mixer, hootin’ and a hollerin’ for our favorite sports teams,” I remember thinking, “maybe next time I’ll catch the bus before they leave, and won’t have to spend my Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights peeking my head down the Los Cerritos halls in hopes of finding some sort of soul to connect with.” So I bought a yellow and black CSULB t-shirt at the bookstore. Surely the next time everyone was rounding up hoards of students on the pep-bus they’d see me, in my obnoxious yellow shirt, and say, “Damn, that boy has some spirit! Let’s invite him along to the tailgate party. Debbie would totally love to meet a guy like that.” I also bought a heather gray CSULB Basketball shirt just in case anyone was happening to start a game of pick-up and needed an extra player. They never did. With my t-shirts in hand, and 49er spirit oozing out of every pore, I began my long and lonely trek from the bookstore back to the dorms. I couldn’t decide which shirt I wanted to wear first, and, realizing that I couldn’t wear either without my LB baseball cap that I left in my room, I chose to wear neither for the time being. Instead, I whistled a happy tune as I stepped off the USU escalator. It was Saturday, mind you, and while I didn’t realize it then, I now look back on what was about to happen to me and regard it as quite odd, and frankly almost a kidnapping. There was a man in his midto-late thirties sitting alone at one of the USU patio tables with nothing but a copy of the Los Angeles Times. Hastening my step, I attempted to get past the uncomfortable stranger without being noticed. But it was no use, the overwhelming stench of school spirit must have sparked his attention, and he quickly shouted out to me. “You go here?” the man with the newspaper said. “I sure do,” I gleefully proclaimed. “Why?” he asked with a real sense of concern in his voice. “I guess I liked the campus,” I told myself. The man with the newspaper heard me as well. “This place is like Disneyland,” the man instructed me, “It may seem nice now, but wait and see, there’s nothing here worthwhile.”

I shrugged off his words of wisdom, pushing it from the forefront of my mind, which was currently occupied with thoughts of t-shirts and social mixers, to the deep recesses of my sub-conscious, where it would be able to properly fester until a later date. Months went by, and while I was beginning to make friends, I still found myself searching for some sense of community or pride in my fellow students. This began to concern me. Those festering words began to bubble to the forefront of my mind, but I was just too stubborn for them to have any effect on me, and I beat them down with hours upon hours of denial and repression. Then three years flew by. Three or four majors, a handful of alcohol poisonings, a sampling of hallucinogens, and a couple of failed relationships later, I began to realize what that frightening man really meant. There was no substance to this school. There was no sense of community, no sense of pride, and nothing that should have kept me there. Except, that is, for the Union Weekly. Somewhere along the line, a few years earlier, I had drifted into a dank, dark hole in the middle of the Student Union and found a home. It was a rag-tag group of individuals putting together what was only described as “the Free Speech newspaper.” Though no two of us were quite the same, we all had the same thing in common. We had been beaten down by the system but had somehow fallen through the cracks and into the Union office. I had become so disillusioned with CSULB by this point that I desperately needed to find a place to vent my frustrations. The Union printed every last filthy, vile word I could think of, and when I couldn’t think of any more, they encouraged me to make up new ones. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was home. And now, it is finally hitting me: I am the Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper that gave me a second chance. I am responsible for shining the bright beacon of hope across an otherwise dark campus in search of those wearing obnoxious yellow t-shirts. But I also realize that there isn’t room for the 35,000 that need saving in our tiny little office, which is why we are trying to reach out to the campus in new and different ways. From a monthly film series on Friday nights to give students something to do, to a semi-regular podcast series so that you’re never far from your friends at the Union, to a dedicated group of fans to root for our sports teams, we’re doing our best to make this campus feel more like college. Looking back, I am thankful for that horrific man’s kind words of advice, because without him, I wouldn’t have strived to find something worthwhile on this campus, and I wouldn’t have found the Union. Do me a favor and ask yourself why you came here.

-Brian Dunning

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Brian J. Dunning Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Gould Mike Guardabascio Managing Editors Katie Wynne Public Relations Director Conor Izzett Business Manager Ryan Kobane News Director Erin Hickey Opinions Editor JJ Fiddler Sports Editor Matt Byrd Comics Editor Mike Guardabascio Creative Arts Editor Fancy Lash Grunion Editor Patrick Dooley Intune Director Mike Guardabascio Literature Editor Michael Pallotta Entertainment Editor Matt Dupree Music Editor Jennifer Perry Calendar Editor Philip Vargas Illustration Editor Mike Guardabascio Shar Higa Erin Hickey Dan Steinbacher Copy Editor Brian Dunning Conor Izzett Dustin Spence Advertising Representatives Brian Dunning Jeff Gould Graphic Design Jeff Gould Web Design

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The Union Weekly is published using ad money and partial funding provided by the Associated Students, Inc. All Editorials are the opinions of the writer, and are not necessarily the opinions of the Union Weekly, the ASI, or of CSULB. All students are welcome and encouraged to be a part of the Union Weekly staff.

On Our Cover

Our Favorite Podcast

Our Movie Series

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To truly capture the image of Rosie the Riveter for our cover, we turned to a person we knew that filled the proper requirements: having the costume. A huge thanks goes out to fourth-year student Emily Schramm who went as Rosie last year for Halloween. Our photographer was Jason Wittenberg.

Taking a bold step into the 21st century, a good portion of the Union Weekly staff will be partaking in various podcasts hosted through our site. The first podcast produced is Show Show, an absolutely raunchy talk show geared towards entertainment and news. It’s not for the light-hearted.

The dreamchild of our former Entertainment editor Katie Wynne, the Union Movie Series is making its debut on Friday, October 13th with a yet to be determined (Friday the 13th Part 5) film. For next to nothing you’ll be able to enjoy an excellent bad film with popcorn, soda, and plenty of yelling at the screen.

If anyone has ever been to our website, you’ll know why we needed a new one. Managing Editor Jeff spent the summer creating the new site, which features commenting on articles, a complete archive (past 3 years), links to our podcasts, and exclusive content too hot for print.

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28 August 2006


Opinions You’re Stuck Here

Impossible Mission: Accomplished?

By Erin Hickey

By Miles Lemaire

Opinions Editor

Sharpen your pencils, restock your desks, and get ready to pay through the nose for just about everything. You’re back, and in the wise words of Union Weekly comic artist, Victor Perfecto, “You’re stuck here.” Fortunately for you, there is a bright side: you’re off to a good start. You’re reading the Union Weekly, and that says something—you must be smart as hell. You took one glance at our dazzling yellow stands and recognized the product inside for what it truly is: a glimmering beacon of hope in what promises to be an otherwise dismal school year. Student fees, waitlisted classes, Brotman Hall—veterans of this campus have plenty to complain about and in about a week, you freshmen and transfers will too. This is why the Opinions page, the page on which the phenomenal words you are now reading are printed, is a sort of beacon within a beacon. Frustrating as the start of a new semester may be, take comfort in the fact that you’ve got a place to vent, because trust me, something will go wrong. By the end of your time here, I can personally guarantee that you will be outraged by at least one thing you read in the news, hear in your classroom, or see on the street. Whatever your complaint, put it in print. As you walk across campus, and hear people murmuring in agreement as they read your words, you’ll feel fantastic. Plus, if you clip out your article and mail it to your parents, chances are that, brimming with pride, they’ll send you more money. On that note, college isn’t all bad. Chances are you’ll also see a few things you like in the course of your four (realistically, five to seven) years at this university. Feel free to write about those as well. Any topic but parking is fair game. (Seriously. No parking articles. Ever. Believe me, it’s been said.) Screw going to class; writing for The Union Weekly is a far more valuable experience. Make your voice heard; this is one of the few opportunities you’ll have. Questions? Comments? Erin Hickey can be reached at erin@lbunion.com Or comment online at www.lbunion.com

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ometimes I wish that the American government worked as efficiently at eradicating problems as Hollywood does. Tom Cruise has been fired from Paramount, you see. Viacom’s chairman—chairperson, if you will—Sumner Redstone cut Paramount’s ties with Cruise after a 14 year relationship with the actor. Redstone told The Wall Street Journal that Cruise’s “recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount.” Interesting. Cruise’s last project with Paramount was Mission: Impossible: III. Aside from containing more colons in its title than any other film released this year, it’s not too bad. The movie got decent reviews, but more importantly—to a movie studio like Paramount, that is—the film was a success. It made a profit of over $240 million, making it the 9th highest grossing film of the year thus far. Granted, the film made less than the first two entries in the series, but still…two hundred and forty million dollars! And yet Cruise is out because he stomped on Oprah’s couch and sired an allegedly nonexistent baby. So I’ve got to ask: What does George W. Bush have to do to get fired? Honestly, his approval rating must be lower than Cruise’s. Hell, Fahrenheit 9/11—Bush’s big screen debut—made far less than M:I:III at the box of-

fice, and that came out during a 46% approval rating (he’s down to 36% now). The last thing I want to write is an antiBush diatribe. We have far too many of those as it is, and I doubt that I could bring anything new to that table. So I won’t. I promise, I won’t. All I want to do is ask you to consider things that you or your friends have done that have resulted in a termination of employment. Did people die because of this thing? Did you put something on a shelf that fell on someone’s head, effectively killing them? Did 64% of the people you worked with—or for, or under—disapprove of the choices you made in the workplace? I’m going to assume that no one reading this article faces as much public scrutiny as

Tom Cruise or our president, yet some, if not most of us have been fired from jobs for far less than either of these two…well, at least one of these people have gotten away with. But why? Doesn’t it seem like it should be the other way around? Seriously. Doesn’t it? So for the first time since getting South Park’s Scientology episode taken off the air, Tom Cruise has my pity. He’s like a dude working at Babies R’ Us who got fired for acting too hyper while the manager was in the back room ordering more asbestos insulation for the children’s “deep breathing room.” And that’s not fair. Questions? Comments? Questions can be directed to info@lbunion.com Or comment online at www.lbunion.com

A Time and Place By Giuliano De Pieri Union Staffer

In America, our right to free speech is protected by the Constitution. Whether we like it or not, everyone has the right to say or think whatever they want. Currently, there’s a religious group called “God Hates Fags” that believes all American soldiers are damned to hell for fighting for a country that many believe is immoral. Fortunately for these people, their First Amendment rights are constitutionally protected. Most patriotic Americans like myself hope these people suffer a long and agonizing death; however, as a student of constitutional law, I have to analyze just how far the constitutional rights of anyone extend. The God Hates Fags group, formed in Westboro, Kansas, openly protests at the funerals of soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The battle between free speech and protest is not about whether the people expressing their opinions or views should be allowed to do so, but about where and when it is appropriate. Is a cemetery an appropriate place to stage a protest? Probably not. Cemeteries are places for burying the dead, not for holding picket signs. People attend funerals to pay their respects to deceased relatives and friends one last time before they are lowered into the earth’s soil. Thus, a funeral is not the appropriate time and place to stage a protest. In matters concerning free speech, a distinguishing line is drawn between public and non-public forums. Specifically, a place is categorized either as one that is designated for speech or one that serves to function for the public but is not intended for speech. A cemetery falls into the latter category.

Common decency aside, cemeteries and funerals are neither the place nor time to make political statements. Are some people so fanatic about their beliefs that their sense of decency is lost? Whether or not one agrees with the war our soldiers are fighting, the soldiers are real people who deserve some decency in death. The truth here is that cemeteries and funerals are not appropriate forums for free expression, except as part of a ceremony for the deceased. In this case, we must remember that although we possess the right to free speech and expression, our decency and sense of propriety should not be lost simply because we have the ability to think, speak and express. As Marcus Tullius Cicero said, “Justice consists of doing no one injury, decency in giving no one offense.” Questions? Comments? Questions can be directed to info@lbunion.com Or comment online at www.lbunion.com

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28 August 2006


Scaling Brotman Wall

[Opinions] Kingdom of Heaven By Brian J Dunning Editor-in-Chief

By Michael Guardabascio

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fter 120 units of hard work, attending school on scholarship, I managed to do the impossible: graduate in four years. But it almost didn’t happen. Here’s why: For the spring of 2005, I had enrolled in one of my department’s senior seminars, only to have that class cancelled. Due to my work schedule, I was unable to enroll in one of the other seminars, so I arranged with my department’s advisor to receive alternate credit by taking two courses that semester, which I completed. This advisor told me that she submitted the paperwork to switch the credit during the Spring semester. I also decided that, for the first semester in my time at CSULB, I wanted to take less than 15 units, which meant that I wasn’t going to be able to complete my minor. I talked to a very kind and helpful woman at Academic Advising who informed me, with a confidence that inspired my confidence in her, that a minor was not attached to my degree in any official way, and that no further action was required. “So I don’t need to do any paperwork?” I asked her. “No,” she said. So I finished the semester, and I walked at the end of May, in front of my family and friends. And, since I’d completed 120 units, I assumed that I had graduated in fact as well as ceremony. Then I started getting emails from Enrollment Services (a number of them) that scared me. The first said that I hadn’t completed my senior seminar, and as such, would not be allowed to graduate; it also informed me, for informational purposes I thought, that I hadn’t completed my minor. Then I got the weird email, that informed me that I had not only enrolled in a 1 unit bowling class that I hadn’t seen on my schedule all year, but that I had received a grade of Incomplete in it. The new class was a mystery, but my advisor assured me she’d taken care of the credit switch; she said sometimes those requests can get tangled up. So I went in to Enrollment Services to talk to someone about the Incomplete. While there, I tried to explain to the counselor helping me that I hadn’t enrolled in the class, and that I should not have received an Incomplete since not only did I not enroll in it, but I certainly never attended it. The counselor informed me, several times, that I was wrong. Still, since I’d completed my 120 units and this one unit was a cherry on the top, I politely requested that they fail me, which my counselor

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told me would absolutely not be a problem. Then the counselor noticed my minor hadn’t been completed, and told me that would also keep me from graduating. I explained to the counselor what Academic Advising had told me, only to be told that I had misunderstood, and that Academic Advising has no affiliation with Enrollment Services and thus their advice is not to be trusted. Still, she had me sign a piece of paper authorizing her to fail me in the one unit class and drop my minor. Trusting that Enrollment Services would take care of the problem, I went out of town for a much needed vacation. When I got back, with my August 1st deadline for having all requirements completed one week away (please keep in mind that they were all completed on May 16th), I had a voicemail saying that Enrollment Services could not remove my Incomplete because I didn’t have an Incomplete contract on file (please remember that I never attended the class and thus never met the teacher and thus never signed a contract; please also remember that I informed the counselor of this and she assured me it would be no problem). I called and spoke to someone in Enrollment Services who informed me that it was true, there was nothing she could do for me, even though I begged her to give me an F or a W; she told me she absolutely could not and that I would not be able to graduate. She said that without a contract, I had to wait until 90 days after the end of the semester, when the I would automatically turn into a W; 90 days was two weeks after my deadline to complete all requirements, and she told me again that even with four years of good grades and a completed 120 units, there was no way I could graduate with a one unit Incomplete on my transcript. Then I checked online and saw that my alternate credit paperwork still hadn’t gone through, and my minor hadn’t been dropped. I’d been presented with three problems, none of which I should have had to deal with, and assumed that Enrollment Services had taken care of them after some effort on my part. Now, in less than one week, I was to lose my diploma, thus keeping me out of the graduate program I planned to attend in September and forfeiting the grants I’d earned. I spent the next week like a madman, sending email after email to my advisor, the chairs of the Kinesiology department, begging them all to intercede on my behalf. Still, it didn’t look like anything was going to work. Then, two nights before the deadline, I received an email from the undergraduate coordinator for the Kinesiology department; she told me that

she’d simply called Enrollment Services and told them to change my grade to a W. As she pointed out, it was going to do that anyway. The next day I went and sat on line to talk to a counselor, my spirits bolstered by this triumph of common sense. After nearly an hour waiting, the counselor dropped my minor on the spot and showed me the computer screen confirming this was true. Then, after some digging, she discovered the reason my alternate credit hadn’t been assigned. The person who entered it into the computer had assigned the replacement credit as the same course it was replacing, thus negating the point of the form. She fixed that too, and so, one day before my deadline, after hours and hours of my time spent emailing, calling, waiting in line, and talking to counselors, my degree posted. If I hadn’t gone in to specifically call someone’s attention to the typo in assigning alternate credit, it wouldn’t have happened. Still, all’s well that ends well, right? Not so much. Talking to my friends, I’ve realized “Brotman Troubles” are a common problem, one that everyone seems to expect. Unfortunately for Enrollment Services, I’m a writer. So, what are the problems here? An academic advising staff that gave blatantly false advice, almost costing me my degree; an uncooperative and borderline hostile staff at Brotman Hall who seemed to have no concern for whether I graduated or not; and, worst of all, an attitude throughout campus that both of these problems are acceptable. If this university is to reach the potential its excellent students and faculty afford it, it must treat students, especially graduating students, with respect; I deeply resent not only the inability of these paid employees to do their jobs, but in particular their continued assertions that the reasons I was having problems stemmed from the fact that I was lacking in either intelligence or understanding. Even if it had been a misunderstanding on my part, which it wasn’t, is it not their job to assist me, and all students, in graduating without feeling looked down upon? I urge anyone who has had similar experiences to log on to the Union Weekly website (www.lbunion.com), click on this article, and share your experiences. The staff and I will make sure that the information is presented to President Alexander in the hopes that action will be taken to ensure that the administrators do their job: working to make your college experience a better one, not a frustrating nightmare of red tape. Questions? Comments? Mike Guardabascio can be reached at mike@lbunion.com Or comment online at www.lbunion.com

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Somewhere deep in the heavens, a mighty Sausage Kingdom rules over the land. Its beautiful bratwurst spires reach high in the sky, puncturing the kielbasa clouds above, while a menacing moat of mustard protects the Kingdom from the unwanted advances of their arch-enemies: salad and chicken wrap. But the mighty Kingdom is far too flavorful for its opponents, with the veritable one-two punch of sauerkraut and onions followed by a slathering of mustard and relish. Salad never stood a chance. Chicken wrap never saw it coming. Yes, the mighty Sausage Kingdom has ruled the landscape of my dreams for many a night. Each morning, I eagerly awake to chronicle the most recent events in my leather-bound dream journal that I keep on a bedside table. But as soon as my feet hit the floor, the mighty Sausage Kingdom fades back into my alcohol-fueled fever dreams, and I begin the day as a lonely pauper in a kingdom of vegetables. The Sausage Kingdom is only a dream, I tell myself. Nothing more. That is, until Jodi Maroni came to town. Yes, that’s right, Cal State Long Beach is the proud home of a brand new Sausage Kingdom for all to sink their teeth into. Knocking perennial favorite Beach Walk Café (formerly Culinary Wraps) out of the coveted corner spot of the University Dining Plaza, Jodi Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom has come to town to give a needed taste explosion to the slightly stale eating options on campus. With a full line-up of gourmet sausages that includes the delectable Venetian Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, the exotic Yucatan Chicken and Turkey with Serrano chilies and beer, and the ever-spicy Louisiana Boudin Hot Link, there is definitely something available to tickle anyone’s taste buds. Not only does Jodi Maroni offer up the best damn lunch on campus, it will soon be offering one of the only dinners. As part of the new effort to keep students on campus, the Sausage Kingdom has promised to keep its delicious doors open until 7pm Monday through Friday. This is, of course, an experiment that each and every vendor on campus will be watching closely. If we can band together as students and support our new Sausage overlords, we’ll be setting an example that could change the face of dining at The Beach. Imagine being able to grab a sandwich before your 6 o’clock class at the Quiz or Subway, or a hot, meaty sandwich from Great Steak and Potato. Imagine the Nugget open as long as a normal bar, with live music, hot co-eds, and a short stumble back to the dorms instead of risking life and limb to drink in the assorted ghettos of Long Beach. Just imagine Cal State Long Beach as being a better place to grab a bite to eat. I dared to imagine a place where sausages ruled the land, and I was lucky enough to find that dreams can come true. Questions? Comments? Brian Dunning can be reached at brian@lbunion.com Or comment online at www.lbunion.com

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News

The Future Of CSULB As Told By Erin Hickey Opinions Editor

Debt no longer weighing down CSULB graduates By Ryan Kobane News Director

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n the latest US News & World Report magazine, California State University Long Beach is ranked the fifth best University (public or private) in the West, and 17th nationally, for students leaving school with the lowest amount of debt. Student debt is an inescapable certainty that nearly everyone who attends college will have to deal with. All of us were reminded at an early age by our parents that college wouldn’t be cheap, and certainly not free. Little did we know that we would be worrying about college loans even after we had kids, a car, and a home to call our own. When a student leaves the university setting for the unknown, within six months the bills will start to appear. Whether it’s the ideally low APRs that FAFSA promises, or slightly higher priced student loans from private banks and businesses, debt is a reality that cannot be ignored. The good news is that CSULB students can expect far less debt after leaving college then much of the nation, and almost all the West. “There’s not a four year university in California that offers such a high quality education, at such a low cost,” said President Alexander. On average, only one in three students graduates with any debt at all from CSULB, and those who do, manage to leave owing around $10,000 after all is said and done. $10,000 in debt may seem like a large amount to some people, but consider this: the national average for undergraduate student loan debt is now close to $30,000 after leaving college. “I feel lucky to have graduated only $38,000 in debt,” said Tim Council, a University of San Diego graduate. “At nearly $25,000 a year in tuition, I was only paying $4,000 a year in cash, due to all the aid I was receiving. I basically got $40,000 in free money during my time in college.” Council was in a special situation that qualified him for so much aid, due to the fact that he was a student coming from an unemployed, single-parent household. Without aid, Council wouldn’t have been able to afford the very high prices that come with a private school education. In a nation where student fees and tuition are rising at three times the rate of inflation, it is becoming a much more pressing issue for the students of today to chose their universities wisely. A wide discrepancy can be found in the fact that CSULB students are only paying somewhere around $2,800 a year, while the average four year university nation-wide is coming in around the $5,500 mark.

I feel lucky to have graduated only $38,000 in debt.

-Tim Council University of San Diego Graduate If leaving college didn’t have enough problems and obstacles for the recent graduate to deal with already, the impending onslaught of hundreds of dollars a month in student loan debt makes it exponentially worse. In a study conducted by the Campaign for America’s Future they reported that debt causes

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students to put off major life events. “Student loan debt caused 14 percent of young graduates to delay marriage; 30 percent to hold off on buying a car; 21 percent to postpone having children; and 38 percent to delay buying their first home,” the Campaign for America’s Future reports. Aaron Autrand, a 2005 CSULB graduate expressed his satisfaction in how little debt he was able to leave campus with. “I only had to take out $5,000 for my last year, to cover living expenses as well as tuition,” said Autrand. “My parents were able to save a little for college, and I worked for the most part to cover everything other than tuition. It was definitely lean from time to time, but I managed.” There lays the catch-22; is a student supposed to work while in school, possibly sacrificing grades, or are they supposed to focus directly on school all the while taking out large amount of interest-accruing loans? It used to be possible for students to use the phrase, “I’m working my way through college.” “According to one set of statistics, during the 1960s, a student could work fifteen hours a week at minimum wage during the school term and forty in the summer and pay his or her public university education, and only 20 hours a week during the school year for a private school,” wrote Jeffrey Williams of Dissent Magazine. This is no longer possible, unless the student possesses superhuman powers, that is. With a president that has set out to make sure the students of CSULB pay as little as possible for their education, it is no wonder that the campus received its largest amount of applications ever, coming in at 61,000 this year.

There’s not a four year university in California that offers such a high quality education, at such a low cost.

-F. King Alexander CSULB President

“We are trying to fight against highercost universities getting more student aid than the low income students are receiving here at CSULB,” said President Alexander. “Students and parents should not have to bear the largest burden of the financial aspect of university costs; it’s just not right.” Not only does the debt fall on the shoulders of the graduate, but it rests heavily on the parents as well. It is not uncommon for families to subsidize a student’s education by going into debt themselves. By either financing college through home equity loans or refinancing, “Paying for college no doubt forms part of the accelerating indebtedness of average American Families,” writes Williams. It is exceedingly apparent that even state university educations are no longer as openly accessible as they once were. Debt in any form is a huge issue for anyone that has gotten in over his or her head, something that can become very overwhelming to deal with. CSULB students should be thankful that in a day and age that emphasizes the importance of higher education like never before, that with any luck, once they receive a diploma they will hopefully be receiving phone calls from eager employers, and not debt collectors.

Library Renovation Project In a little over a year, expect to see the completion of the Library Renovation Project. The project, started about three months ago, will include 100 new faculty offices and classrooms in the east wing. Coffee and Sausages President Alexander has made, and will continue to make a large effort towards keeping on-campus businesses open later hours (Jody Maroni being the first to step up to the plate), and is constructing two “Seattle’s Best” coffee houses in the Parkside and Los Alamitos Residence Halls. The coffee shops will feature wireless internet and longer hours than the “Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ” located in the Student Union.

Questions? Comments? Ryan Kobane can be reached at ryan@lbunion.com Or comment online at www.lbunion.com

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Heading into his second semester as California State University, Long Beach President, F. King Alexander has big plans. Intent on destroying the common perception that this university is only a commuter school, President Alexander will do all in his power to transform our campus into a place where students can feel comfortable any time of day or night.

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Classroom Renovations Classroom and research lab renovations are underway throughout the campus, with an HVAC upgrade in the Fine Arts 4 building. Safety Hazards Repaired

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Granted, debt sucks, but is it all because of student loans, rent, and gas? In a recent study conducted on the campus of CSULB, we asked students where their hard-earned cash actually goes. What we found was not surprising. 35% of students’ credit is spent on Booze, not a shocker here. Six dollar pints and seven dollar Jack and Coke’s really hit the pocket book hard. For every first date that ends with a hug and a “call me,” there is some poor sap that just dropped a hundred bucks, now wishing that he hadn’t. Significant others took a 25% portion of the pie. Late night stops at the drive-thru, morning visits to Denny’s, and generally eating out ate up 18% of student debt. Twenty dollar DVD’s and 60 dollar Xbox games seem to be the entertainment option of choice for the majority of students, taking 12% of their cash. 8% of student debt is going towards new clothing, meaning that either Bufaflo Exchange and the Salvation Army have seen profits rise, or students have opted to go nude. And somehow there was 2% left over that we will say goes toward miscellaneous goods and services instead of admitting that we don’t actually know how to add.

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Worn down sidewalks, gas leaks, and other minor safety hazards are being addressed by the Psychology and Physical Education buildings. The Psychology building renovations are scheduled for completion by the end of this week, while the areas around the Physical Education building will be finished in early November. Recreational Center Though plans for construction have not yet been made, President Alexander hopes to eventually see the addition of a Recreational Center to our campus, giving students a place to work out, play sports, and connect with other students.

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Getting involved at The Beach By Sean Boulger

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f you’re interested in playing with balls, designing dresses, going to church, doing community service, and/or sailing; then look no farther then your own campus, and join a club. California State University, Long Beach is known for being a commuter school, one whose campus welcomes students from across the country, all over the state, and around LA and Orange Counties. In many ways, this is a point in the school’s favor, as it brings a diverse range of students to our campus from far and wide. It is often the case, however, that as a result of its status as a commuter school, some students simply come to school in the morning and go home in the afternoon. Many students don’t realize or take advantage of the many ways to get involved in the many extracurricular activities that our campus has to offer. CSULB has an almost infinite number of cultural and special interest clubs, service organizations, fraternities, sororities, and sports club. Any student wishing to participate more at CSULB will have no trouble finding a club that suits his or her personal needs. There are plenty of religious clubs, catering to all sorts of beliefs and followings. Christian students on campus can get involved through a number of clubs, including the Asian American Christian Fellowship, the Catholic Newman Club, the Chinese Christian Fellowship, and the all-encompassing Christians on Campus club. For example, the Beach Catholic Newman Club “[provides] a place for spiritual growth, community, fellowship, and service.” These aspects of the Catholic faith are achieved through a series of activities that students can participate in, including getting involved in the community through soup kitchens, beach cleanup, and other such philanthropic activities.

There are also several cultural clubs, such as the Arab Cultural Society, the Japan Club, the Korea Club, and the Africana Studies Student Association. Like many of the cultural clubs here on campus, the Africana Studies Student Association (or ASSA, for short) offers meetings, newsletters, and educational papers. “[We] provide a path of development for those African students who are seeking an understanding of their truth and identity” says the official ASSA website. Any student wishing to get in touch with or gain a better understanding of his or her heritage can certainly do so through any one of the cultural clubs here on campus. Students wishing to explore their specific interests and talents on campus can also participate in any one of the special-interest groups available, such as the Beach Balls juggling club, the CSULB Sailing Club, or the Students in Fashion Club. “[The Students in Fashion Club promotes] fashion-related programs that encourage networking among students, faculty and the fashion industry,” says President Trichette Roy. “We offer our members opportunities to participate in organized student/faculty mixers, field trips, guest speakers, fundraising events, and casual/social events.” The Students in Fashion Club also holds the Annual Campus Couture Fashion show every spring, which is the biggest student-run event on campus. And of course, CSULB offers a wide variety of sororities and fraternities, where students can socialize, while giving back to the community through charities and various philanthropic ventures. Though its students hail from far and wide, CSULB is a school at which any student can be as involved as he or she desires. There are clubs, groups, sororities, and fraternities that students can join in order to participate at their school and give back to their community.

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It’s Saturday morning, and while most of us were still in bed recovering from the night before, our President F. King Alexander was up early, stealing bicycles. No, not really, but he was out in the warm sun helping incoming freshmen moving into their 10X14 brick cells in Los Cerritos Hall. Many other organizations were on hand to welcome new students by making the hectic and often emotional situation of move-in day a little easier on both the parents and students.

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Conor Izzett Gives a State of the Campus Update from the Perspective of an Average Student

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o you didn’t misread the headline. As it stands now, by coming to this school you have essentially thrown away the four best years of your life. Seriously. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you’ve made a terrible mistake. Please keep reading. Just hear me out. By now you’ve probably got a vision cooked up in your head of droves of young co-eds, guffawing and throwing Frisbees. Yes, the air is

thick with Frisbees, gliding through the air like friendly alien spacecraft. The participants in this Frisbee-laden extravaganza are running gleefully and barefoot across the lush grass that carpets the main quad. You can picture yourself growing intellectually, being exposed to classical as well as radical thought, new points of view, being challenged, and working hard. Fraternities, endless parties, orgies, keggers, streaking, football, hot guys, and of course girls – girls gone wild, dorm room fantasies.

Not your father’s Greek system Earl Warren Deserves a Garden? Well I’ll get the Greek thing out of the way first, and I am honored to be the first one to throw down the gauntlet for the year. There are good things about fraternities and sororities, but since I’m a man, I’ll speak from my own perspective. At many colleges, fraternities boast large, upscale houses on frat row. They offer a community, a veritable party neighborhood. Pledges are instantly surrounded by beautiful Greek women, and plunged head first into their college experience, and almost anyone can take part in the epic Frat Row. For better or for worse, it’s an age-old, if not for everyone, collegiate tradition; one that Long Beach Greeks are denied. Straight up, the houses are in the ghetto. 7th and Redondo people, 7th and Redondo. And the next-closest house is a bullet-ridden, miles-long walk away. Our Greek brethren have been swept to the dusty corners of East Long Beach because this school has historically avoided providing its students with the most basic of college traditions. Traditions like dorms.

Puvunga Residence Commons You’ll notice a very, very small number of dorms on this campus. The Beach offers living space to far less than 10 percent of its students, in large part because of a lack of building space. What’s that you ask? “What about the 22 open acres adjacent to Bellflower?” Well, that’s Puvunga. It’s an Indian burial ground. Or the birthplace of an Indian spirit named Chingishnish. Or the exact location where the world was created, depends on who you ask. Anyway, it’s fervently protected by some very well meaning, very misinformed people. The 22 acres is not so much a burial ground, as much as it’s a place where someone found a single dead body, called it a Tongva Indian, and then refused to allow any more digging to determine whether or not it’s actually a burial ground – so you can see why we can’t build dorms there. Makes sense right? Questions? Comments? Conor Izzett can be reached at conor@lbunion.com Or comment online at www.lbunion.com

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There are a lot of things that happen on this campus that just don’t make sense, and if thought about, will most certainly cause your brain to heat to a slow rolling boil, oozing out your eyeballs, and all down the front of your Express For Men distressed tee. A small example for your consideration: our campus is home to a lovely Japanese garden. It is peaceful, serene, and beautifully designed, complete with a well-stocked koi pond, and a Zen garden. It is truly a testament to the beauty and grace of the Japanese culture, and it’s an honor to be a student at a school that would host a gem so unique to a college campus. By the way, the garden is on a street named after Earl Warren, a man who was outspokenly supportive of sending Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II; other than that, the garden is devoid of offensive irony.

There are plenty of young go-getters around here, but they’re mostly after things like installing gender-neutral bathrooms for people who aren’t sure whether the sack of flesh is on the inside, or the outside of their crotch.

Tackling the Real Issues You’ve come to get involved. You’re a politically-minded young go-getting activist who is out to change the world, and with the help of the other politically minded young go-getting activists on campus, there’s no way you can fail. Well you’re half right. There are plenty of young go-getters around here, but they’re mostly after things like installing gender-neutral bathrooms for people who aren’t sure whether the sack of flesh is on the inside, or the outside of their crotch. Okay seriously, I’ve said some pretty outrageous things so far here, but there are actually people in

positions of power who are making it a point to lobby for gender-neutral bathrooms. This is the political landscape you’ve landed on. Yes we have a budget problem, yes we have impacted majors and classes, yes there is a stark shortage of dorms, yes there are many important problems that need to be addressed, and yes, there are people trying to build a room where anybody can just walk in and crap in a watery chair. The thing is, I don’t have anything in particular against gender-neutral bathrooms. In fact, a woman who could sit in the stall and crap out a load right next to mine is just the kind of girl that I’m looking for, but GIVE ME A FUCKING BREAK! This sort of issue is a pretty solid barometer for the political mindset around these parts.

Amendement, Schmendment Something that probably won’t surprise you is the width and breadth, the sheer size of my affection for the first amendment. The little document that enables us to express thoughts, feelings, political dissent, and most importantly, gives us the right to print the Union’s flagship dirty word, “cunt.” Well there are plenty of people around here who do not share this sentiment with me, but I’ll skip to the worst of them.

Preparing for the Real World They are the chosen body of classic democracy, the voice of the people. Well, a small percentage of them anyway. Just a hair over 3,000 out of 40,000 people voted in last year’s elections. They are of course, the ASI Senate. They are, with a few notable exceptions, largely confused about life, and don’t seem to have much of a concept of reality. It’s no wonder that they’ve drifted toward politics, right? Some of them are well-informed, some just plain evil, some are power-hungry blackmailing paper stealing liars, some are out to support the Greeks, and the rest are for gender–neutral bathrooms. They’re not all bad I suppose, but a handful of members have a nasty habit for trying to destroy this paper once every couple of years or so. At the end of last semester,

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All of these things are my fault. Mine, and all of the people in my class, and all of my predecessors. We have let you down by allowing things to become this way. This is the beginning of my final semester of school here at The Beach, and if you’re a freshman, I must admit that I am jealous of you. See, by this time next year, if I’m still drinking Pabst out of a red plastic cup, it’s no longer youthful and energetic; it’s sad and pathetic. You are fortunate enough to be at the beginning of what are truly the best years of your lives, while I am quite literally at the end of them.

a group of senators didn’t really try to shut us down, they were just trying to cut the entirety of our budget. The Senate is fond of decrying any tuition increases, especially for frivolous things like new dorms, or a recreation center that a huge percentage of the student body demands. If you ever get a chance to check out the Senate-approved budget, however, you’ll find tens of thousands of dollars allocated to really important stuff like end of the year parties. Parties for groups that they belong to, ahem.

When You’re Desperate Long Beach State is the winner of a very dubious honor, one that student politicians and even some professors are fond of bringing up. According to The Princeton Review, our school is the third best budget college in the nation. Third best budget college. That’s not really a good thing. What if someone offered you his third best budget used mattress, or promised you a night with the third best budget whore? “Well she’s toothless and horrifically ugly, but she’s really cheap, and dammit if she doesn’t give the best blow job!” Third best, actually.

school by the time you’re in my position. F. King is having dorms built, constructing late-night coffee houses, keeping the dining hall open later, and opening up this campus in general; for you. Although Long Beach State is missing so many of the things that are unique to the college experience, all that really means is that this place is a blank slate. You get to create the traditions. You can demand the things that your predecessors have simply done without. You get to make this place yours. You get to make this place more than just where you go to school. You get to make this place your home. Demand more. Demand dorms. Demand a recreation center. Demand that the community of Long Beach embrace one of the largest universities in the country. Demand more and start now.

Look around you. You’re on one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. You’ve got a great basketball team, a world-class baseball team, and one of the finest college publications in the country. You’re a stone’s throw from L.A. and the beach is right outside your door. You’re surrounded by beautiful women and gorgeous guys, and you don’t have It’s Not a University, It’s a School a care in the world. These days are rare, friends, and they don’t come There is something distinctly lacking at this school, and that’s commu- again. So snuggle up in your dorm room bed (if you’re lucky enough nity. Despite the oft-mentioned Beach Pride, you’ll find that such a thing is to have one) and dream of a sky thick with Frisbees. This place has so simply missing. No one cares that they go to Long Beach State. There is no much potential, and as a soon to be alumnus, I wish with all my heart central core, no common identity. Walk around campus for a couple of days and you’ll find that the one thing that most people have in common with each that in four years, you will sit down and write an article titled, “Why other is that they all seem to try and avoid making eye contact. The common You Made the Right Choice.” uniform consists of headphones, sunglasses, a bowed head and a quick walk. And why shouldn’t it be that way? Come five or six o’clock, the campus is closed for business. It turns into a ghost town. Being a 49er can be awfully lonely. We have very little on-campus housing, and nothing open late. The Nugget thrives during the day but clears out at night. By the time classes are over people are more concerned with their drive home. Before I moved to Long Beach I suffered an hour-long drive four days a week so I definitely can’t say that I don’t understand. People want to go home, and for most students, home isn’t Long Beach State. It’s just where they go to school. Well, since I’ve spent the last thousand words dashing your dreams of college, allow me to bring it all around for you. All of these things are my fault. Mine, and all of the people in my class, and all of my predecessors. We have let you down by allowing things to become this way. This is the beginning of my final semester of school here at The Beach, and if you’re a freshman, I must admit that I am jealous of you. See, by this time next year, if I’m still drinking Pabst out of a red plastic cup, it’s no longer youthful and energetic; it’s sad and pathetic. You are fortunate enough to be at the beginning of what are truly the best years of your lives, while I am quite literally at the end of them. I must say that you are very lucky to be at the beginning of what I believe will be a renaissance here at the Beach, and you must be the vanguards of this institution. Fortunately, you’ve got some help. You’ve got a new president running things around here, and if he has his way, Long Beach State will be a very cool place to have gone to

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-By Sean Boulger 3—Deity: an exploration of the concept of deity by local artists. Koo’s Art Center, now through September 9

Monday28 Dave Matthews Band: Hollywood Bowl $45-65, 7pm Unite and Conquer: Chain Reaction $10, 730pm The Turtlenecks, Jeffrey Scott: DiPiazza’s The Trevor Project’s Comedy Night: The Comedy Store 730pm Pete Yorn: Whisky $20, 8pm Jeremy Enigk: Troubadour $15, 8pm

Tuesday29 Foo Fighters: Pantages Theatre $42.50-50, 8pm The Format, Ranier Maria: HOB Anaheim $15, 730pm The Switchups, The Framed: DiPiazza’s Pete Yorn: Roxy $20, 9pm Can I Kick It???: Plush $5, 10pm

Wednesday30 Talib Kweli, DJ Chaps: Glass House $15, 7pm Radio Birdman, The BellRays: Wiltern $25, 730pm Jeff Garcia: Brea Improv $20, five nights, times vary Blaze Ya Dead Homie: Galaxy Theatre $15, 730pm The Writer’s Garage: DiPiazza’s Tyranny, To The Kill: Chain Reaction $10, 730pm Grove Box, UNA: Hogue Barmichaels Mike Vitale: Plush $5, 8pm

Thursday31 Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta: Forum $63.50, 730pm, two nights Melissa Etheridge: Greek Theatre $39.50-104.50, 8pm Death By Stereo: Galaxy Theatre $13, 8pm Sean Healy Presents...: HOB Anaheim $12, 8pm Glass Heart Social, Eavesdrop: Plush $5, 815pm John Pinette: Irvine Improv $22, four nights, times vary Upground, La Banda Skalavera: Knitting Factory $8, 730pm Talib Kweli, DJ Chaps:: Roxy $18.50 9pm

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A play-by-play of Radiohead’s newest tracks

Easily my favorite of the new lot, “Down is the New Up” is a funktastic festival of groove sauce. Brought in by Thom’s beatboxing and a guitar part soaked in slapback delay courtesy of Jonny Greenwood, if you’re not dancing by the time the drums kick in, you’ve got to be a paraplegic. Who ever imagined that “won’t you be my girl” would be a lyric in a Radiohead song?

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Saturday2 Long Beach Blues Festival: CSULB $40, 9am John Fogerty, Lucinda Williams: Greek Theatre $32-72, 730pm Rollins Band: Key Club $20, 9pm Berlin: HOB Anaheim $22.50-25, 9pm Andrew Dice Clay: Irvine Improv $35, 11pm Audio Therapy Drum and Bass: Plush $8, 930pm Down Home Blues Festival: Gibson Amphitheatre $35-75, 615pm Foo Fighters: Santa Barbara Bowl $24.50-44.50, 7pm

Sunday3 Bill Maher: Grove of Anaheim $63, 8pm Mary J. Blige: Gibson Amphitheatre $59.50-95.50, 815pm Royden, Stiletto Formal: Chain Reaction $10, 730pm Paramore, Hit The Lights: HOB Anaheim $12-13.50, 730pm Odelia: Plush 9pm

And so it was when Radiohead embarked on their first proper world tour in about three years. This time around, the band chose to eschew their usual large venues (i.e. the Hollywood Bowl), instead opting to play smaller ballroom-type joints. In Southern California, the band hit San Diego’s Embarcadero Marine Park, and the Greek Theatre of Los Angeles. Although both shows sold out within minutes, I managed to get tickets to both nights of the San Diego shows. The Greek, however, proved to be impossible. Not to worry, though. I had my tickets for San Diego, and I was prepared for an evening of mind-blowing awesomeness. In no way was I disappointed. I’ve seen a lot of shows in my time, and I can easily say that Radiohead put on one of the very best shows I have ever seen in my entire life. Beautiful visuals shown on rhomboid screens hanging over the stage, and one of the best light shows I’ve ever witnessed contributed to an overall amazing experience. The setlists were expertly paced; though Pablo Honey was markedly absent, the mix of old and new was awe-inspiring. I never imagined I would get to see songs like “Just,” “My Iron Lung,” “Idioteque,” and “There There” in the same evening. Highlights included the elusive “Kid A,” the aforementioned “Just,” and the newcomer “Videotape.” Also joining the ranks of the many fan favorites were several new songs, which caused saliva glands to kick into overdrive. The new album will be a great one, indeed; the new songs are an eclectic mix of energy and emotion. Funky grooves like “15 Step” and “Down is the New Up” are coupled with the emotional “All I Need” and “Videotape.” Hopefully it is but a matter of months before Radiohead releases their newest opus; fans everywhere will be waiting with bated breath.

Wolves at the Door Down is the New Up

Frankie J: Gibson Amphitheatre $36.25-56.25, 815pm Wild Child (Doors tribute), Cash’d Out (Johnny Cash tribute): Galaxy Theatre $20, 8pm Hepcat, The Debonaires: Glass House $20, 7pm The New Age Chant, Hope Field: Plush $8, 815pm

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adiohead readies their new album, reminding us why we listen to music in the first place. For about an entire year now, Radiohead fans the world over have been salivating in anticipation of the next release from the near-legendary band from Oxford. As the rumor mill turns furiously, spilling forth all sorts of stories, guesses, and estimates, one thing remains certain: as far as popular music is concerned, Radiohead still rules the world from their underground throne. As the expected summer 2006 release date of Radiohead’s as-yet-untitled next full-length album—which has come to be known simply as LP7—came and went, many enthusiasts realized that it would be a long while before their hunger for studio goodness could be satiated. A torturously vague press conference from the band declared that no album would be released in 2006 (fans have their fingers crossed for 2007), but everything wasn’t all bad in Radioheadland: a summer world tour was announced, and Radiohead fans across the universe simultaneously messed in their trousers. But the goodies weren’t over yet, as our boys from England were not quite finished bestowing glorious surprises upon their loyal fans: a Thom Yorke solo album was revealed to be in the works. An Internet leak on May 30th led to listeners enjoying the album plenty before its official July release. Thom’s The Eraser is decidedly more electronic and beat-based than anything Radiohead has done, but still manages to retain a very focused, and song-based theme…my worst fear was of Yorke giving us a Squarepusher knockoff, his album spinning off into inaccessible obscurity. The album, produced by longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich, is a beautiful cornucopia of blips and bleeps, glitches and gurgles.

This is the song that reminds me why I listen to Radiohead. For me, Kid A changed the way I listen to music. It was filled with songs that could simply wash over me as I closed my eyes, causing my entire body to break out in goosebumps. Hail to the Thief was a great album, but was decidedly lacking any songs that coupled Radiohead’s ability to rock with Thom’s ability to make a grown man cry. “Videotape” shows that our boys have not lost it. A mournful piano chord progression, Phillip Selway’s awesome rim shots, and lyrics like “you are my centre when I spin away” show that this song is best listened to with eyes closed and head tilted back.

Bangers and Mash

Definitely the most raw of the new songs, “Bangers and Mash” has some serious potential if given the proper studio treatment. Perhaps a little more refinement could turn this into a hell of a live piece, but as of now, it’s my least favorite of the new tunes. Thom furiously beats the lyrics into the microphone, eventually sitting down at a miniature drum kit to pound along

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with Phil Selway. Without a doubt, it’s an entertaining song, but a little more polishing is in order.

15 Step

This song is a real groover. It’s in 5/4 time, and starts out with handclaps and Thom singing unaccompanied by any instrument. It’s a song that simply begs for audience participation. Like the other new songs, it’s one that can easily be danced to, and most likely one that will become a centerpiece of future performances.

House of Cards

A warm, mellow guitar cord brings this song in, and before you know it, Thom’s signature falsetto moan is filling your ears. An older song that has finally been brought out from the closet, “House of Cards” is an excellently laid-back showcasing of Thom’s fantastic songwriting abilities. “I don’t want to be your friend/ I just want to be your lover.” We feel the same way, Thom.

Spooks

Radiohead doing surf music? A short, instrumental, Dick Dale-inspired romp that has caught everyone off guard.

Arpeggi

Debuted last year at the Ether Festival, “Arpeggi” has since gone over a complete reworking. The full band treatment gives the tune new radiance—as does guitarist Ed O’Brien’s impeccable backup vocals.

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rhythms are heavy and engaging, a pleasant mystery, drawing toe The Eraser taps and head nods with singular XL Records ease. Thom explores new vocal territory with his melodies, but Reviewed By Matt Dupree retains his tried-and-true sultry babbling. The lyrics are a poetic floe of emotional exploration into the previously-covered realms of If you could get into a time machine and fatigued life and stoic unhappiness. At least go back to before Radiohead’s return to rock that’s what I could understand. I’m fairly cerand prevent it from happening, a-la Termi- tain the rest had to do with robots learning to nator, you would have sped up the release feel. While listening to it the second time, I of this album by about 3 years. Everything fell asleep and dreamt I was chasing a beautiyou knew and loved about the Kid A and ful alien across a beautiful grassy field under Amnesiac recording session is back in all of a full moon in early summer and I couldn’t its paranoid glory. It does, however, depart stop smiling. I’m fairly sure that’s a good in its increased focus on the vocals and de- sign. Listen to “And It Rained All Night” and creased instrumental brain liquefaction. The I’m sure you’ll understand.

Muse

“Soldier’s Poem” and “Hoodoo,” are Black Holes and Revelations tear-jerkingly enchanting, the sort of romantic beguile that makes you Warner Brothers completely forget that those sweet coos are saying “There’s no jusReviewed By Matt Dupree tice in the world… and there never was.” And on the other end are the mind-blowingly rock tracks. The radio stations have been playing In a radio landscape dotted with slick pac- “Knights Of Cydonia,” with it’s beautifully kaging and widespread artistic impotence, Pink-Floydian opening and crazed pace, but Muse is a nuclear bomb. This album has brou- there’s plenty more plutonium to be had with ght widespread amazement and sheer jaw- tracks like “City Of Delusion,” “Exo-Politics,” dropping force to many who had never before and “Map Of The Problematique.” The latterexperienced such aural intensity. For those who most doing the best of combining Muse’s dehave heard Muse’s music before, fear not: the licate Yin and vicious Yang with thundercloud band remains as it always has, soaring vocals rhythms fueling an angelic serenade of “When over a Technicolor backdrop of lush orchestra- will his loneliness be over?” My loneliness is tion. But this time around, it seems like the UK over, as I will soon travel to Massachusetts and Trio is playing with fire. The delicate tracks, like marry this album.

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telling, its becomes impossible not to drift off, instantly imagining how it must feel to live in a tin roofed shed Song of a Blackbird somewhere along the Bible belt. At Southern Records the age of 26, Whitmore is young, but has more passion in his voice than Reviewed By Ryan Kobane vocalist twice his age. With nothing but a banjo and his poetry, Whitmore allows his strongest assets to shine at Ever sat on the banks of the Mississippi sip- all times—breezing through contemporary ping a mint julep during a summer sunset? folk with an optimism not seen in some time Neither have I, but William Elliot Whitmore and breathing life in to a sometimes drab and will make you feel like you have, every time dreary genre, not normally accessible to the you sit down and listen to his beautifully raspy masses. Song of a Blackbird tells tales of lonelicries. Somewhere between Joe Cocker, Tom ness and agony which quickly transform into Waits, and Otis Redding is where his whiskey- stories of redemption. In his own way, Whitdrenched vocals reside. Songs Of a Blackbird, more stamps his name directly on your soul; his third effort on Southern Records, conjures just try listening to this album without getting up such vivid imagery with Whitmore’s story goose bumps at least once.

What Made Milwaukee Famous

terestingly enough, the vocal duties are passed around the band, with Farmer and Kingcaid sharing the microphone on several tracks. Lyrically the album is unremarkTrying to Never Catch Up able, though there is an occasional Barsuk Records gem that shines with a catchy, funReviewed By Patrick Dooley to-sing-along chorus. The lyrical delivery is nearly always interesting Trying To Never Catch Up is a stylistic and refreshing in its unanticipated pitch and catch-all that begins something like a Radio- pace changes. On the whole, Trying To Catch head or Killers album might, later sounding Up is a decent album, despite sounding overly like it’s been washed though a Strokes filter familiar amidst today’s musical landscape. before coming out the other end, a few tracks Certainly worth a listen, although I must state later, sounding soggy and ever-more poppy. the obvious and say that I firmly doubt that Lengthy and confusing explanations aside, these people have anything even remotely to What Made Milwaukee Famous manage to do with making Milwaukee famous; if that overlay each track with something uniquely was the audacious claim they were making, their own, likely attributed to the vocals. In- I’m not sure.

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n 1993 five men sat rhythmically tapping their feet on the sticky floor, waiting for their turn to perform at the Good Life in Los Angeles. The members of their own groups, Rebels of Rhythm and Unity Committee, they were no strangers to the stage or to one another. It was on this particular night that they decided they would join forces and form a hip-hop group with one goal in mind: making music. Jurassic 5 consists of Chali 2na, Akil, Zaakir (Soup), Mark 7even and DJ Nu-Mark, all West Coast natives who grew up listening to Ice-T and Eazy-E. With diverse and personal musical backgrounds each member was able to add his own touch of hip-hop to the mixture, and in 1995 the lyrical goulash came in the form of their first single “Unified Rebelution.” Once it was clear that this collaboration was something special, the group got to work on their self-titled EP, whose success landed them the record deal with Interscope Records in 2000. It has been thirteen years and Jurassic 5 has performed with all types of musicians from Green Day and Bruce Springstein to Outkast and Fiona Apple. This month marks the release of their newest release Feedback, featuring the single ‘Work Out’ with Dave Matthews, and Soup took a break from getting ready for the first show of their U.S. tour to talk with the Union Weekly. Union Weekly: So you guys are keeping a journal on your website right now, are you writing about you secret crushes in there or what? Jurassic 5: I don’t think you’ll hear about to many hidden desires. Why, would you be interested in that? I don’t know about crushes, I catch a crush with somebody about every two months so, I mean. I’m gonna be a crush whore. But we just keep a journal and talk about stuff as it goes. UW: How did the Dave Matthews collaboration come about for ‘Work it Out’, and what was it like working with him? J5: Well it came about because we went on tour with him, and he made us feel really comfortable. He introduced us every night to the crowd so they wouldn’t be so shocked that they had a hip-hop group coming out. He stayed and

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he checked out every show we did, every night he stayed to watch the show over and over again. And then we did this Vote to Change show and he was there for that too, so we seen him again and we was talking again, then when it was time for us to do our record, the music that Nu Mark used, Mark 7 said like ‘Yo, maybe we should see if Dave wanna get on this, because it kind of sounds like a Dave Matthews type of song.’ So, we reach out to him and he was like, ‘hell yeah!’ Working with him was just so easy. No egos, people were just there to do what they need to do. We had a good time, laughed, joked, all that stuff and it was like all good. UW:Are there any artists that you haven’t worked with yet, but would like to? J5: Ah, there’s a slew of artists that I would love to work with. The list could go on and on. Anyone from

“I don’t wanna be known as the positive rapper, and I don’t wanna be know as the ignorant rapper. I’m just MC-ing.” Nas to The Dead Presidents to LL Cool J. There’s a lot of people. UW: You guys have performed in all types of settings from a small stage in a record store to huge concerts, is there a particular kind of venue that you prefer? J5: I think it would be more of an intimate setting you know because you can be closer to people and you guys can just interact a lot better. But at the same time, you know, you gotta be able to adapt to whatever situation you’re put into. I like when it’s a thousand, ten thousand, like twenty thousand people somewhere and they see us; I dig that! I also dig a spot where people are sitting in a line for like two or three hours because

they just love to see you. Anytime people are coming to see you it’s a blessing. I just like when people come to see you, if it’s a small venue great, if it’s a larger venue great. I’m gonna take both and just make sure that I give you 100% because you paid your money for it. When you leave and you paid your money you need to say, ‘Man I had a great time.’ I’d rather hear that no matter what venue I’m in. UW: It doesn’t sound like you’ve been jaded by your success. I think some artists today appear to be too affected by theirs. J5: Yeah, yeah some of them are, but at the same time you got people who can vouch for them and say that they are good people. I’ve

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Jurassic 5 Feedback

Interscope Jurassic 5 is back with a new album, Feedback, that slams down your front door, boom box in hand, ready to get the party started. From the first track you get the feeling that you’re standing front row at one of their shows and you can’t help but to groove to the beat. The entire album is amazing from the first sound of the piano keys to the last guitar string, but the most notable tracks have to be “Gotta Understand,” “Work It Out” (which features a collaboration with Dave Matthews sans Band), “Future Sound,” and “Red Hot.” Everyone needs to go out and get this CD, not for the sheer fact that it’s the best hip hop in the past couple years, but for the purpose of having something to keep everyone up off their asses at your next get together. The guys from Jurassic 5 are not rich yet, so make sure to actually pay for the album.

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seen some people that are hella rude though, don’t get me wrong. I heard a really popular artist really talk bad to some people, and those were the people who actually brought him to the college so he could perform. He talked really bad to one of the guys who was on the committee, and I was just sitting there like, ‘Man, how are you successful talking to people like that?’ For me it’s music. I don’t wanna seem like I’m over and above nobody. Shit still happens to me, and I still get up and not feel like working, and still don’t wanna fly sometimes cause I’m scared. You know, just regular shit. UW: There are a lot of references to cartoon characters in your lyrics, so you must have grown up watching them a lot. J5: I did. My favorite is Mighty Mouse, Popeye, and Underdog. I was really big on Speed Racer when I was young. I still do watch cartoons, but I like the older ones. These new cartoons are terrible. The older ones are dope, I buy Looney Tunes on DVD, watch Bugs Bunny. I love that shit. UW: When you’re in the studio do you have a set process, like beats then lyrics? Or does everyone just show up and you go from there? J5: Well, we all bring something to the table. A lot of people ask who does the writing and we all do the writing. Everybody’s grown, you know? I don’t wanna be the person writing because you might not feel the way I feel, so everyone brings their own something to the table. But, there’s not really a set formula it just all depends. You might just hear the music playing and then you’re like, ‘ok, let’s do this.’ So somebody might just already have something. It is a point of finding the beat and mesh with it well. It could be a conversation we had and it’s like let’s make that a song. It’s not really a set formula; you just throw caution to the wind. I mean, you can’t really be like that when you’ve got five people with you. You have to keep it in open form so you can be able to adapt to whatever direction it goes into. UW: I have heard some people refer to you guys as a positive message hip-hop group. Is that something you strive for, and how do you determine the content of your lyrics as far as pop culture and social conflicts go? J5: It just kinda comes up. We don’t try to make any conscious effort to say, ‘You know, the world is in shambles, We need to make an eff…’ naaaahhh. That’s contrived. But, I don’t think you can walk through the world and not be able to either relate or have an opinion on whats going on, so it just kinda falls into that realm. I don’t know if we say a lot of posi-

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tive stuff I just think it is an abundance of a lot of crazy shit going on. So, when people see you’re not really doing that they kind of automatically put you in a positive realm. We not talking about shooting nobody. We not talking about whatever whatever. People see that and they like, ‘They don’t talk about that shit, they some really positive cats.’ It’s not like we sat over there saying ‘WE NEED MORE GUN CONTROL!’ We never said that. We just haven’t talked about shootin’ nobody. So people just look at that like you guys are automatically positive. I don’t like that label. I don’t wanna be known as the positive cat. A lot of times you catch a lot of flack for it. Plus, I like some ignorant shit. I mean if we talk long enough I might say some stupid shit. So I don’t wanna be known as the positive rapper, and I don’t wanna be know as the ignorant rapper. I’m just MC-ing. Some of the shit I’m gonna say you going be like, ‘Man, that makes a lot of sense,’ and then we talk long enough and some of the shit I’m gonna say you won’t be able to get with. It’s just some human shit, you know? I don’t think we’re super positive, I just think we’re human like anybody else. UW: What was it like going from being an underground group to having your videos on MTV? J5: I don’t know. I don’t know how it feels cause it hasn’t really translated into record sales and I’m not actually seeing it. I just got a call yesterday from my niece and she was like, ‘I just seen y’all video on MTV!’ But I didn’t see it! So, I’m glad they’re playing it but I don’t know. I guess if we were all over the magazines and tabloids then maybe I’d feel different, but for now we’re still on the grind. I don’t sit back with the television all day and say, ‘I’m gonna see how long it’ll take for VH1 to play my video.’ I don’t do that. We always in the street trying to do what we do. But I don’t know, a lot of people think we sold out.

“It’s a hard game. You try to do what you like to do, but once you put your music out people feel that they own you.” with us if that’s the way you gonna do it. It’s like as much as you may love your mother or your father and all the good shit they do, they took care of you and made sure you’re eating, and made sure you had clothes and did fun shit, and then your parents always say or do something that you don’t feel. So do you hate them for the rest of they life, because they do that one thing? It’s like, I can’t feel my mom because she told me I couldn’t go to the soand-so concert, even though she’s feeding me I don’t wanna hear that shit. It’s just like, wow. So, I’ve been hearing a lot about how we sold out. This guy went on a whole tirade about, ‘Regis Feldman, and NBC, and you guys did this for Master Card, and Master Card is taking money outta poor people!’ I’m just like, man, Master Card never came to somebody’s door and kicked it in and said, ‘We gonna give you this credit card so shut the fuck up and make the payments.’ They ain’t never done that. So, if I’m poor I know I can’t do Master Card, so why would poor people fuck with that? If I’m poor I know what I can and cannot do. I don’t go to Neiman Marcus knowing that I only got seven dollars and that I’d maybe fare better at the GAP. So I go to the GAP, you know what I’m sayin’? UW: Ha ha, yeah I hear ya. J5: It’s a hard game. You try to do what you like to do, but once you put your music out people feel that they own you. You should do what they want you to do. UW: Even though that’s not why they liked you in the first place. J5: It was never why they did. It never was.

They didn’t know what we were about when we first came out. They just supposedly liked the music. I mean I don’t know what you do. You might get off the phone with me and go out and shoot heroin or rape kids. I can only deal with you on what I know about you, and what I know about you is that you are a writer, so we talk about stuff that we both understand. I’m not going to ask about stuff that I don’t know about you, or get mad because you do stuff that I’m not really up on. So, sorry. UW: Well, you should be. Now I have to change my kiddie rape and drug dealing plans that I had set for this afternoon. J5: Ha ha, right. I mean now you gotta go tell the drug man, ‘Not today. Call me tomorrow but not today.’ Ha ha. I mean it’s like what can you do? UW: Well I know you guys are Southern California natives. Is there anything you would like your fans and our readers in Long Beach to know? J5: Aww, the LBC? UW: That’s right. J5: Yeah I went to this place called the Crab Pot, in the marina, and they just slide the crab. You got a piece of corn and a potato and they give you a mallet, and you just go t work. I love that place. Keep the Crab Pot open LBC! [Laughs]. Seriously though, the record is out and in stores now, Feedback, check it out. And, just have an open mind when you listen to us as opposed to just coming in the game and think you know what we’re all about.

UW: Really? J5: Yeah, on this album really. I heard a lot of like, ‘You guys sold out. Yall did a song with Dave Matthews.’ It’s funny because it’ll be a lot of people who supposedly like us, and then you hear them say they’ll never buy another J5 record again. It’s like, you’ve known us for ten years, and you supported us. And we do one thing that you don’t like and so all that shit that we did previously is just out the window. UW: That seems really fickle. J5: Seriously. And I don’t want people to be down

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By Katie Wynne

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ll over the world people are questioning if they will prove to be something special, hoping they are different and longing for individual greatness. Heroes emerge everyday, and while a little boy may grow up to be a doctor, a twentysomething girl will volunteer service to her country by joining the National Guard, and a newly widowed single dad will find the courage to tell his two sons that their mother isn’t coming home, there is a need for something more. They are here. “Although unaware of it now, these individuals will not only save the world, but change it forever. This transformation from ordinary to extraordinary will not occur overnight. Every story has a beginning...” This fall, NBC is debuting Heroes, a television series that will change everything. Different from all other television series, Heroes provides a service to its viewers; it gives them hope. Hope for a future where ordinary people can make a difference in the world. Hope that we are not just tiny insignificant specks in the vast expanse of the universe. Mohinder Suresh, a character obessed with Darwin and the legacy

Ali Larter UW: What was the feeling on the set of Heroes? Ali: Well, this is actually my first experience with television, and when I read Tim Krane’s script I was absolutely blown away because I’ve read through other material this pilot season and nothing really caught me and then I read this pilot and went ‘wow, this is something really special.’ I also thought of it in the way that if we are lucky enough to go for five years, is this a character I could grow with? What I think is a great talent of Tim’s is that, Mickey (the character I’m playing) is so complicated and conflicted. I think that he keeps all his characters, even though these extraordinary things are happening to them, he keeps them very much based in reality. And that’s to me what interested me most about it. You know, how do you go on with day-to-day life. And I think that maybe why people are responding to it so much, because it really makes you ask yourself, ‘is there something inside of you? Are you different?’ It is a cool concept based in reality, and that’s why I think it’s special.

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Interview by Beef

UW: Is the working environment any different between making a movie and doing a TV show? Ali: Well, with this one none of our characters have come together yet so I am pretty much working on my own. Uh, I know that around the sixth episode they are planning on bringing us together, so I think then it will be more like a movie environment. But the biggest difference is how fast it moves. A movie usually doesn’t do like more than four pages a day, on TV shows we are doing about eight pages a day and that means you gotta be on your toes and ready to rock n’ roll. UW: If the show becomes popular are you ready for comic conventions? Ali: We did it babe! Comic-Con a couple weeks ago! It was amazing. I actually think that the sci-fi fans are the best fans in the world, and coming from Final Destination and House on Haunted Hill and all that, I mean that whole base is so supportive and

of extensive scientific research that his father left behind, explains it best. In the pilot episode Suresh and Peter (Milo Ventimagilia) have a chance meeting in a taxicab. A notorious dreamer, Peter asks the stranger if he has ever felt like he was meant to be something greater, and if some people were different from everyone else; special. Apprehensive at first, Suresh looks into the rear vew mirror and examines his fair, then gives light to what this season’s biggest series will bring. “Natural selection begins with a normal individual, anonymous and seemingly ordinary…except their not. They carry inside them the genetic code that will carry their species to the next evolutionary realm…it’s destiny.” Online teaser reviews of the pilot episode have already hailed it to be the best pilot to air in decades. Geeks, freaks, and bros all agree that there is something for everyone, whether it is the sultriness of Ali Larter, the soundtrack which includes indie-revolutionary Bright Eyes, or the fascinating mythology of heroes and graphic novels. The series will premiere on September 18th, just in-time to save the world from mediocrity and recycled scenarios. It is a show for our generation and embodies the theory of evolution. The next strain is Heroes. so excited. We went down there and I guess they were screening the TV show and there were like 2,000 people more trying to get in to see it. The response was incredible and I am just excited to be part of a project that people are excited about.

“At the end of the day you just can’t take yourself that seriously.”

UW: What power would you choose to have? Ali: I would probably choose to fly. I mean, I think that would be so exhilarating and as close as you could get to true freedom. UW: You’re from Jersey right? Ali: Yes, Cherry Hill. UW: Why is it that everyone from Jersey seems to want to leave? Ali: [Laughs] You know I’ll tell you I think it’s the most incredible place to grow up. UW: You’ve moved around a lot though haven’t you? Ali: Yeah I have moved around a lot. Within New Jersey though I feel that the people there and their personalities are so bold, so strong, and they have a great sense of humor.

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Ali continued... I think Jersey is the best state in the country! UW: Which film do you feel most people recognize you from? Ali: You know, it’s a mix. It is usually Legally Blonde and/or Final Destination. UW: Do you get a lot of flack from your role in Jay and Silent Bob, particularly the flatulence incident? Ali: [Laughs] You know it is so fun. I was so excited to work with Kevin Smith and at the end of the day you just can’t take yourself that seriously. UW: Exactly. Do you have someone you consider your personal hero? Ali: I feel like I have so many in my life actually. My mom, I am bringing out next week and she has been so supportive of my life and career. I do believe that I would have never have gotten this far if she hadn’t told me all the time growing up that failure was impos-

sible, and as long as I put myself out there I could never fail. For me to be able to have that support in my life has been extraordinary. UW: Aw, that’s nice. Ali: And I would also say….lemme think about that for a second…I’m thinking about my favorite books….umm a hero.. Hmmm, you know I would stick with my mother but I guess it is a question I should think about more. UW: Well, your Mom isn’t a bad choice. There’s nothing wrong with choosing your Mom! So did you just finish filming Resident Evil 3? Ali: I finished that about four weeks ago. We were down in Mexico sweating our buts off. We shot in Mexicali and Mexico City. The heat was some of the most grueling I have ever experienced in my life. But, um, I think it is gonna be a really, really cool film. UW: Can we expect another hive? Anderson seems to really love underground hives and temples.

Ali: He opened it up, and that’s why I was attracted to the project. Because they opened it all up and this all takes place right now. Paul Anderson shows suspense and horror through daylight, and it was just such a cool concept and new take on the genre.

ten, you have been quoted as saying, ‘ I hate pretty looking boys, I’d rather have a guy with a potbelly then one who’s in the gym all the time and watches what he eats.’ So that kind of leads me into my last question. Would you ever consider dating someone younger than you?

UW: What’s it like being typecast as a woman? You always seem to play a woman in every movie you do?

Ali: I am.

Ali: I am a woman!!

Ali: Ha, No.

UW: Nah, you should branch out. I think you could play a dude maybe. You could get an Oscar.

UW: Oh, I thought you were like researching a role maybe.

Ali: I could play a good little ten-year-old Irish boy! UW: Exactly! That would be nice, I think you could pull it off. Ali: I think you might like that Beef! UW: I can guarantee you I would. Do a little makeup work, you can pull it off. But lis-

UW: Is it a ten year old Irish boy?

Ali: Nah, it is weird dating someone younger than you. It is like forever I am going to be older than him. Forever is a long time. UW: Well, is he your hero? Ali: In certain ways. He is definitely an inspiration in my life. No doubt about that. UW: Well that’s good. Bye-bye.

Milo Ventimiglia UW: So you are going to be granted the ability to fly? Milo: Well, there is actually going to be a lot more things I can do. UW: Like What? Milo: Uh, I can’t get into ‘em. For everyone who has seen the pilot. My character talks about flight for the entire show, but at the end of it you realize that he can’t fly. He leaps off of a fifteen story building and cannot fly. UW: Oh man. Well, did you read comics when you were a kid? Milo: I did grow up with comic books, used to go to the comic book store once a week if I could (if my parents let me). Um, I grew up more on Batman, Punisher. They weren’t so much the guys that had the super powers but just the guys that were kinda crazy. UW: Yeah, the normal guys that do something extraordinary. Milo: Yeah, I would think that more guys would want to be invisible and kind of cruise around do whatever they wanted. But flying is great because you can just get away from the situation…and it’s got that cool factor to it. UW: You were just at Comic-Con in San Diego, how did it feel to be an addition to a long tradition of heroes? Milo: It was exciting, you know? It was nothing I’d ever been a part of and to see the excitement of these people that you know are gonna be on the internet saying good or bad things about the show, or us individually was encouraging. It was good to be at the ground floor of what we can possibly do on the show and be a part of it with those potential fans. It is was kind of cool to lose count of how many Storm Troopers I saw, or Princess Lea’s, or see a forty year old fat dude dressed as Harry Potter. It was just this weird masquerade ball, it was kinda funny. UW: Spoiler reviews for the pilot are already online raving that this is the best pilot in recent memory, what was the feeling on the set of Heroes, did you feel it was going to be a success? Milo: Success I think is yet to be determined. There are a lot of people talking about it and the feeling on set on the pilot... I think we all knew that we were part of a good script,

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part of a good team, good assembly of actors, producers, writers and crew and everything. But at the same time all that excitement can deter you from actual work, so as long as you have your head on the page as an actor the rest of the crew is mindful of the responsibility you have to make this great opportunity really great. Then I think we’re in good shape. The pilot got picked up and we’re in the series now so I think we did something right. UW: The show seems to be a change from your early work like Gilmore Girls and Winter Break, do you attribute your success to anyone or anything in particular? Milo: Um, no. I think it’s just perseverance. A lot of people don’t understand that as an actor just because you like a particular script or a particular role there is no guarantee of you actually getting it. I hear “no” about 80% of the time, it’s only 20% you hear “yes” and you have a job. And yes, this is very different than a lot of the earlier work that I’ve done. Finally I am playing an adult, playing my age which is nice. Not playing a confused teenager or reckless youth anymore is very fun. UW: You also have the release of Rocky Balboa coming up, and since it was a personal project for Stallone what was it like working with him and playing his son?

“You gotta be shittin’ me man, this is kinda crazy!” Milo: It was a pleasure. I mean those are films that I grew up with. I think the first one came out the year before I was born and aside from the thirty year legacy I looked at the script and it was just a beautiful matching of words. Getting on set, having conversations and collaborations with Sylvester…he is a very very cool guy. He’s very intelligent, very patient and giving of his time, and he is encouraging. He wants you to do a good job and he hired people that he believed in and that could deliver. I hope that this film will be as strong in memory for people in thirty years as the first one was. UW: What is your favorite Rocky movie? Milo: Everybody loves number three, I actually love number four. UW: The one with Drago, right?

Interview by Brian Dunning Milo: Oh absolutely. Cold War, he’s training in a barn with a beard. It was a cool setup. I actually enjoyed all of em, even though a lot of people rip on five. UW: And now you’re in the upcoming one, sounds like a dream come true.

Milo: I think one’s intent. Let’s just go back to any war or any disaster in the world’s history. People’s intent to do good, whether they lose they life or they continue to live it’s that intent, that want to do good which I think defines a hero.

Milo: It hasn’t really hit me yet. It hasn’t. The other night I went to the movies and before the movie started there was a trailer for Heroes and then there was a trailer for Rocky. I was like, ‘You gotta be shittin me man, this is kinda crazy!’

UW: Who is your hero?

UW: If you could create a superhero what superpower would you give them?

Milo: It’s something that college kids, people my age, people in their 50’s 60’s or in their teens are gonna enjoy. It really stretches far and wide. It doesn’t cut out any one group on age, gender, or race.

Milo: I get that question asked a lot. I would go with more of a cerebral power. Power of persuasion. It is a little different from having superhuman strength or being able to repair yourself or be super bendable or fly. You can kind of get your way with anything. UW: What do you think makes a hero?

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Milo: My family. UW: Is there anything that you want to say to CSULB about the show?

UW: I just realized the show isn’t about sandwiches and is actually about people. Should I still watch? Milo: [Laughs] Yeah. That’d be good though.

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Not As Sweet As Braff’s Last Kiss By Katie Wynne

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oming off a controversial Best Picture Oscar for Crash and the success of his Million Dollar Baby, writer Paul Haggis delivers The Last Kiss without originality. Even with the enticing inclusion of Zach Braff and Casey Affleck the film comes off as a lackluster wannabe sequel to the much more loveable Garden State. The familiarity of Braff ’s character Michael is eerie at first, like someone you recognize from a dream or local coffee shop. Then it hits you when you see him sitting in his car with a detached look on his face. It is then within the first five minutes that you realize Michael is Largeman…and Finkle is Einhorn! Once this obvious discovery is made, the film continues to unfold recycled shot after recycled shot, leaving you waiting for that adorable Natalie Portman character to come and save this troubled young man. Unfortunately that is just what happens, only this time she takes the

form of Rachel Bilson. The only difference between the two characters is that Bilson’s doesn’t leave you wanting more, but rather, leaves you laughing at her pathetic-ness and craving the justice that only comes when you see an annoying girl emotionally decimated. The only shining moment in the film came during one of the most passionate arguments between two people one will ever see. Faced with the consequences of his actions and caught in an unforgivable lie, Michael tries to climb his way out of his ultimate demise. It is only a couple of minutes, and yet that moment will stay fresh in your mind for months. It is a fight so heated that it will make your skin blush and your palms sweat; a visceral reaction quite rare in recent film history. However, this fight only leads to a finale of last-ditch effort courtship by Braff, and while his determination and a Coldplayorchestrated montage arrangement may entice a few star-struck groupies, it is not

enough to make you forget his last kiss. In the end Haggis took a script written in 2001 (see Ultimo bacio, L’) and changed almost nothing. He failed to bring anything new to this version, with the exception of a stellar cast, including one of the finest performances given by Casey Affleck, who plays his character with fervent inner conflict and a loyalty to his son that is heart-stopping. Without Affleck the film really would just be a shoddy happenstance sequel to Braff ’s better work. Garden State 2: Largeman Grows Up or The Last Kiss, can you spot the difference?

L’Ultimo Bacio The Italian Original

The Soundtrack

By Katie Wynne

In 2001, Italian writer/director Gabriele Muccino set out to tell a story about a man, Carlo, faced with the decision of accepting his adulthood or giving in to the thrill of mystery. As a writer he looked to be realistic so that the audience would be able to empathize with his characters and appreciate their own inner struggle with growing up and settling down. Building off this artistic connection he created a cast of friends all tormented by their own choices and responsibilities in L’Ultimo Bacio. Muccino’s vision resulted in a wonderful tale and, while there were moments of muffled Italian slang, the language of human crisis was universal. In fact, the film was so well done that in September, Academy awardwinner Paul Haggis will release a shot-for-shot remake of the original. Not only did he feel Muccino met all the directorial requirements for

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a perfect coming of middle age film, he adored the script so much that he copied it almost word-for word. The fact that Paul Haggis is an award-winning writer who is doing no original work for this film is detestable. Lakeshore is marketing the Haggis remake as “a film from the writer of Crash and co-writer of Million Dollar Baby,” which means that the general public will now bestow all credit for this film to a man who did nothing original. Muccino made a beautiful film and everyone who has ever questioned their future would enjoy watching it. However, realistically the movie that people will remember, and the one they are going to see, will be the one starring popular American stars, advertised as the next perfect date movie. It made me wonder, most people remember their first, but who remembers their last kiss?

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After the success of his Grammy award-winning Garden State compilation, Zach Braff has arranged another soundtrack eerily similar both in sound and in style. Like Garden State it includes staple tracks from Coldplay, Remy Zero, and the lead singer of Frou Frou is present with her more solo project Imogen Heap. While certain groups/singers like The Shins and Colin Hay are left out, similar sounding artists such as Amos Lee and Joshua Radin have replaced them. Fans of Braff ’s first arrangement will consider this one a mature version with a sound just as mellow. It is decorated with the most talented songwriters including a heartmelting song by Ray LaMontagne,

whose voice is a chocolate pudding mixture of Tom Waitts and John Mayer. The collection is another shining achievement and provides the perfect score for a life ripe with emotional struggles. It also works if you are trying to get a girl in bed.

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Previews • Reviews • Release Dates

The 40 Year-Old Virgin meets a 10 year-old virgin

Pretty In Pink

Everything’s Duckie Edition

Starring: Molly Ringwald, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer, etc. Release Date: 8-29-2006 PG-13 Paramount

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he dysfunctional family genre has been rapidly expanding over the last several years, and with Little Miss Sunshine, it may have a new leader. It starts with a truly unique collection of characters: a plain little girl who wants to be a beauty queen, an angst-ridden Nietzsche-loving teenager who’s taken a vow of silence, a failed motivational speaker father, an impressively repressed mother, her suicidal brother, and, best of all, a grandfather who snorts heroin. Yet in the way of all truly dysfunctional families, the absurdities of these characters work in some way, making their interactions seem more genuine, more human,

and most of all, more realistically familial. Everything I noticed about this movie, I loved—it’s well written, well shot, and the cast is a great argument for introducing a Best Ensemble acting award at the Oscars. Steve Carell (the uncle) played an amazingly subdued and funny character, but the rest of the cast, which includes Greg Kinnear and Alan Arkin, all turned in great performances as well. The standout, though, is Paul Dano, who managed to make a silent teenager into an incredibly sympathetic character. This was the first movie for music video and commercial-directing

-By Mike Guardabascio husband-and-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who have immediately catapulted themselves near the top of my favorites list. They managed to make the rarest kind of movie, one that shows all the hurtful, awful things that families do to themselves, while still being sidesplittingly hilarious. Whether you’re a wet-behindthe-ears freshman looking for a reason to be homesick or an embittered fifth-year senior looking for motivation to visit your parents, I recommend this movie to you. I’d guess that it will remind most people of the good stuff about their families, and that can’t be a bad thing.

I dare you to see this movie

A review of How To Eat Fried Worms

It was my pleasure to view the latest feature film from New Line Cinema and Walden Media, How To Eat Fried Worms, rated PG for “mild bullying and crude humor.” This film, based off the Thomas Rockwell classic, tells the courageous tale of eleven-year-old Billy Forrester, played by Luke Benward (last seen in Because of Winn-Dixie), who enters his first day at a new school expecting the worst and finds himself in the crosshairs of the schoolyard bully Joe Guire, played by Adam Hicks (of The Shaggy Dog and Down and Derby). It all starts in the cafeteria as fifth grade Billy sits alone to enjoy his lunch. He is surprised by “a can of worms” that Joe and his gang have packed into his thermos. This leads to a week of torment as Billy is called “worm boy” by his

peers, until one day after school he attempts to claim the name as a form of endearment, which leads to a bet with Joe to eat ten worms by seven PM on Saturday. How to Eat Fried Worms had me from the beginning, with something I haven’t seen since Honey I Shrunk the Kids: cartoon style opening credits. While the humor for the film was aimed at its PG audience, there were some sub-context jokes for older siblings and parents that may be forced to tag along for the show. How To Eat Fried Worms is an interesting story of triumph for tormented kids and underdogs everywhere. A film that can only be described as The Sandlot meets a twisted episode of Hell’s Kitchen, in which the main course is ten worms served on an tour around town, with recipes even Emeril Lagasse could be proud of. The boys play their personal Fear Factor with concoctions like “BAM!!,” The Burning Fireball, Green Slusher, Greasy Brown Toad Special, Radio Active Slime Delight, and my personal favorite, The Barfmallow. In the end Billy learns two lessons: the importance of standing up to bullies, and not biting off more than he can chew.

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-By Matt Byrd

In one of the most controversial decisions of the century, Paramount Pictures has decided to release the new edition of Pretty in Pink with the subtitle “Everything’s Duckie.” For shame! Any fan of the film that will undoubtedly be rushing to DVD Planet to buy this unashamed contradiction knows that it was Duckie who got the short end of the stick in the film. He was left out to dry, while Ringwald foolishly chose that rich kid from across the tracks. Now, Paramount tries to make up for it with this public slap in the face! Maybe it is a completelty different movie. Maybe Duckie is accepted by others, gets the girl, has amazingly hot sex all prom night long, and then grows up to invent some little piece for turntables that leaves him a millionaire; perhaps then the title would be fitting. However, it is a well-known fact that he grows up to live with Charlie Sheen and a kid named Angus. Truly everything turned out unlucky for Duckie. -By Katie Wynne

Deep Blue Sea vs. Snakes on a Plane

There’s nothing particularly good about Deep Blue Sea for the first 40 or so minutes of the film. Why would there be? It’s fucking Deep Blue Sea, a movie about smart sharks. Actually, that is pretty cool. But the inherent brilliance that this film might have capitalized on doesn’t rear it’s gorgeous head until about 40 minutes in, when Sam Jackson’s character gets taken out—in the best possible way—by a Thresher shark. Why am I reviewing this film? Because it’s what Snakes on a Plane should have been. Like Deep Blue Sea, I knew that SOAP would be a bad movie. I like bad movies. The right kind—the kind that don’t realize how ridiculous they are—can be more entertaining to me than most competently produced films. That said, something happened to SOAP on the way to the theatre. Actually, a few things happened. Like the talking jet in Stealth, it became self aware. It caught on that the world was laughing at it, rather than with it. It went back for re-shoots to become the film that everyone wanted it to be without realizing that the right film had already been made. What we’re left with is a boring piece of shit that coasts on its own hype without ever taking the sort of chances that make B-movies so much fun to watch. There are no left field, bat-shit crazy moments in SOAP. But there are in Deep Blue Sea. It’s funny, actually. Had the titles been reversed, and Deep Blue Sea been called Sharks in a Sea Lab, with SOAP released under a generic title, the former film would have been hailed as the brain dead B-movie masterpiece that it is. Instead, we have people that don’t want to admit that an underwhelming film with only one genuine snake attack scene and one decent line is just that. Underwhelming. Go rent this movie and see the face of God in the omnirowed jaws of Professor Shark. -By Miles Lemaire

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Frisco’s

Johnny’s Saloon

If you want to get a 29 degree Fat Tire on draft than this is your place. It’s also your place if you like to see sorority-looking girls dance around on roller skates in frilly pink skirts so short you can see there black boy-cut briefs. The atmosphere is reminiscent of Pulp Fiction’s Jack Rabbit Slim’s complete with live 60’s music on Fridays and Sundays. Frisco’s has got a large specialty drink menu and 13 beers on draft all chilled to 29 degrees. The appetizers are pretty standard—nachos, Buffalo wings, and other fried stuff. The majority of the menu is burgers and sandwiches with a few salads, pastas, pizza and Mexican food thrown into the mix. Most items are around 10-14 bucks. I went for the filet mignon sandwich which was very lean, tender, and huge. Overall this is a good family restaurant and a place to go if you want an all-American dinner and good drinks.

The OC’s best bar for punk rock and booze. You’ll fit in best if you’ve got piercings and tattoos but as long as you like Jack Daniels or tall boys of Pabst Blue Ribbon you’ll be comfortable enough. Bring anybody because it’s dark and the drinks are strong so you won’t care who you’re with after a couple of hours. Johnny’s has got two pool tables and a unique juke box that changes every couple months with local bands, vintage punk rock and rock n’ roll classics. At Johnny’s, Sinatra Sundays feature double Jack and Cokes and flavored martini specials. Tuesday they have ½ price Jack and Cokes from 8:00-11:00pm and Thursdays all flavored vodkas are on special. And if you like to start early then stop by Mondays through Friday from 12:00-2:00pm and all drinks are a dollar (except for top shelf ).

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Mountain Man Dance Moves The McSweeney’s Book of Lists

put the book in your hands then I don’t mind at all. The title does not lie. This is a book of lists, comBy the Editors of McSweeney’s piled and edited by Dave 208 pages Eggers from the McSweeAvailable October 10, 2006 ney’s website. The lists are varied, covering such Reviewed By Miles Lemaire topics as a “Matchbox 20” vanity plate, “Anecdotal Leads for News Stories ou’ll want to read this book on the Reporting the End of the toilet. Trust me. There are a few World,” and things “Overheard on the Day reasons for this, the first of which They Invented Sliced Bread.” That’s really all involves the expulsion of bodily fluids dur- the set-up you need. ing the reading of certain lists. Personally, a What struck me as amazing is that most little—very little, I’m not an animal—urine of these lists—the better ones—tell a story. escaped during my reading of “Alternate Some of these authors are actually building Names for ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter’ situations and characters out of these lists Spread” by Bob Shea. I don’t normally feel and doing it in a way that appears—as it does comfortable sharing that kind of informa- with most McSweeney’s writers—effortless in tion with complete strangers, but if it helps to execution. Others are simply content to make

you laugh, and that’s fine, because they too are building towards some sort of a punch-line. You can read the individual items on each list as a separate entity, but a line like, “Am I wrong about God too?’ Spread,” only truly works when you’ve read the whole list through. It’s smart writing in the midst of an admittedly flimsy and gimmicky premise. The fact that this book is readable, let alone enjoyable, is a massive credit to the ability of these writers. But the best news—and the second reason why this is perfect bathroom reading material—is that this is also one of the quickest reads you’ll encounter all semester. There’s something very satisfying about being able to breeze through a 208 page book in a little over an hour, and for those of you that need a break from your required reading, this is the perfect escape. So buy it. Give Dave Eggers your money and feel good about the fact that this is $13 that Dan Brown can’t have.

A Long Way Down

top of a tall London Building, and they’re all there to By Nick Hornby do the same thing: close A Riverhead Paperback their eyes and jump. Their 333 pages, $14.00 reasons are varied: one, Maureen, is a woman living Reviewed By alone with her son who is Mike Guardabascio essentially brain-dead and paralyzed, and has no hope in her life. Another, Martin, is a fallen-from grace TV personality who had an If I were a reputed novelist with a knack affair with an underage girl, and, fresh out for writing good, popular comedic literary of prison, is looking to avoid the embarfiction looking for a seed from which to rassment of life. grow my next semi-comic novel, I probThese four characters represent Hornably wouldn’t start with the word suicide. by’s greatest creation to date. The plots of And that’s why I could never be Nick his books are always enjoyable enough, Hornby. Hornby’s latest novel, A Long Way but it’s the characters that bring his readers Down, is about the lives of four characters back, and have brought him such acclaim, who meet on New Year’s Eve; they meet on and it’s the characters that I would imagine

are the reason that actors are usually the ones who buy the rights to adapt his books for film. Maureen, Martin, JJ and Jess are perfectly realized characters, unique even among Hornby’s books. A Long Way Down also bears Hornby’s other signature: it’s touching and quasisentimental, but without every dropping into corniness or cliché. That was hard enough to do when he was writing about parenting or love, but in a book about four characters discovering reasons to live, its damn near impossible, and Hornby pulls it off gracefully, making it look easy. A Long Way Down is a funny, moving novel that reads quickly but will still leave the reader satisfied. Even more impressive, it’s a book that will inspire everyone from Oprah fans to embittered satire writers, an accomplishment I don’t think any other book has managed.

Magazine Profile Wired

Wired also boasts some of the coolest contributors in the world, from Neil Gaiman to Douglas Coupland, and a regular writing staff that’s a cut, maybe two above the rest. As an added bonus, they have access to a shiny metallic ink that makes some headlines or backgrounds look like they’ve been dipped in liquid silver. Wired runs monthly, with a cover price of five bucks, and believe me, its worth it. But still, only suckers pay retail—if you go to wiredmag.com, you can get a whole year’s worth of magazines for only ten dollars, or two for twenty. For less than the price of a hardcover book, I now have two years worth of cool news and great writing headed my way—pretty shweet. Super shweet, even.

Y This Week: Poop Books Where the illLiterature at!? “What is illLiterature?” One might make ask.Well, look: I never learned how to do reading alright! I do happen to be one of the Union’s managing editors, but I don’t think that really requires me to be one of those ready types. Those who know me say I don’t like words; but those who know me better say I just really like pictures. A lot. So this column is for people who are, like me, afraid of words but are trying to tickle their fears, and find one solitary reason to open this paper up to the lit page. Well you could just have one of your ‘indoor-kid’ friends cut it out for you. Yeah, that would probably be better. This week Mike (AKA: The Word Baron), the Lit editor, gave me a book called “The Pee-Pee and Poo-Poo Book For Boys” (I think my roommate had a hand in that because he always complains about my... messes) and It was pretty great. I really Identified with the main character who seemed pretty upset that even though he could eat his breakfast and brush his teeth all by himself he still had to wear a diaper! So one day, after a hard day of doing whatever it is that two-year-olds do all day he came home to find out that “Mommy has a big big box” that “daddy helps [him] open”. Unfortunately, there were no squirrels or ben-wah balls inside, only a potty. Henry did what any warm blooded male would do at this point and “off goes my diaper, teddy sits on my lap” but then he pooped. Which I didn’t understand. I thought Teddy would be the one to poop when it was all over... To me, Henry is pretty much your typical everyman: He’s got a lot of the same problems I have, and I think it’s great to seem him take steps towards learning how to poop in the toilet. I too think I might be ready to take this step, and I might even bring some reading material with me. Like Henry, I too, upon my triumph will say, “Let’s call Grandma, “ because “this is news she’ll want to hear”.

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ally what makes Wired a great magazine, and readable for a techno-philistine such as Monthly myself. It’s not just senseless information about technical Reviewed By specs, but a more generalized Mike Guardabascio look at what’s cool in technology. Maybe the best evidence of Wired’s superiority: I brought in a few copies to Wired may be the best magazine that look over while writing this article, and doesn’t have naked pictures in it. For within minutes the whole staff was leafthose of you who haven’t seen it or heard ing through them. It really is a magazine of it, Wired is the magazine that invented that has something for everyone; the latgeek chic, and made technology cool long est issue includes articles on technology before the iPod was a glimmer in Steve in war, video games, iPods, laptops, and Jobs’ eye. It covers all areas of technology, cars, all of them totally understanding including its impact on society; that’s re- and incredibly interesting.

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Sports

Like A Bat Outta Hell By JJ Fiddler Sports Editor

By Ryan ZumMallen

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welve months later. Three hundred and sixty-five days later. One year later. Don’t call it an anniversary. Traditionally, anniversaries are reserved for events that should be celebrated. People want to remember anniversaries. It’s been one year since the greatest natural disaster this country has ever seen struck the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Katrina plowed through the deep south, with winds reaching speeds well over 100 mph. Mother Nature pummeled the region with countless tons of water until it became too much to hold. Levees in New Orleans, built solely to contain such a disaster, burst. Try to picture the destruction that would be done to Southern California if one of the most cataclysmic earthquakes in history were to strike. Then add up to 20 feet of water. New Orleans, a city built ten feet below sea level, never had a chance. The destruction was unfathomable. At least 1,830 lives were lost and over $100 billion has been spent in cleanup and repair. As relief slowly crawled to those in need, waiting for help in the affected regions became a struggle for survival. Thousands fended for themselves for days, awaiting the promise of help from a government that worried more about reports and data than human lives. Watching it unfold seemed like a nightmare happening a thousand miles away from Southern California. For two of CSULB’s volleyball players, it couldn’t have hit closer to home. Quincy Verdin’s hometown of Morgan City, LA, received minor damage compared to the rest of the affected region. “I’m just glad that it’s over,” she said, relieved to see her city recovering. “Everything is kind of cleaned up now. It’s coming back to how it used to be.” Quincy’s teammate, Naomi Washington, wasn’t as lucky. She hails from the heart of the destruction, New Orleans. Understandably, Washington has strong feelings regarding the ‘anniversary.’ “You think about the people who lost everything, like my family,” she said. “Who wants to celebrate that?” While the game of volleyball itself seemed to be a million miles away, the team quickly became a support group. “My teammates and coaches showed me so much love and they just really kept me going. If they weren’t there, I would have broken down,” Washington said. Without a way to contact anyone, she waited for days, relying on those around her for emotional support. “I’m wondering the whole time, where’s my family? I’m going crazy and my coaches talked to me and they’re like ‘They’re fine, just trust that they’re gonna be okay.’”

Twelve Months

Major Players (From front to back) Robin Miramontes, Alexis Crimes, Naomi Washington, Nicole Vargas and Head Coach Brian Gimmillaro.

In the middle of a catastrophe, sports are an afterthought. “I didn’t think athletics were very important at the time,” Verdin said. “I was more worried about my family and how they were doing.” The worst of times often bring out the best in people, and several CSULB sports teams came together to raise money for the girls and their families. “All the other athletic departments, the baseball team, the track team, everybody helped put in money,” Verdin said. Washington gushed when remembering the support. “I can’t get over the fact that they did this for me and Quincy’s family. They barely even know us.” Washington’s family, in their time of need, received an extra special present from the university. “They sent my family $11,000,” she said. Nearly a year later, Washington still speaks about the gift with a look of shock and amazement in her eyes. It was only her first few weeks on campus, a freshman far away from home at a big school. The university stepped up, took her in and made her feel at home. “My family cried and wrote letters back to the A.D. It’s so amazing.” The 2005 season was obviously difficult for everyone, but women’s volleyball came together and tied with UCSB for the Big West conference title. Verdin will be featured early and often in the 2006 season after averaging 3.30 kills per game in 27 appearances at outside hitter. Washington redshirted the season, but came on strong in spring workouts. The future looks promising for the 6-foot-3 OH. With the disaster one year behind, the girls look forward to the upcoming school

year and volleyball season. CSULB is ranked #1 in the Big West this preseason, and is poised to make a run at a second straight conference title. A 2006 Big West championship would be CSULB’s ninth in school history. This weekend’s victories over Missouri, Alabama State and Villanova seem to be a promising beginning. Volleyball provides a safe haven to our 49ers, just as sports in general have served as a distraction from reality for the tens of thousands misplaced by the storm. “I thought about [my family] before practice and after practice. But while we’re in practice, volleyball takes everything off of my mind,” Washington explained. There is a difference between wanting to remember, and not wanting to forget. Anniversaries are to be remembered fondly, so this is certainly not one of those. At the same time, it would be a tragedy even greater than the hurricane itself to forget the events of August 29, 2005. Washington’s family has since settled down in Houston, TX, and is understandably cautious of returning to the Gulf. When asked if she planned on moving back to the New Orleans area, Washington said, “I don’t think I want the same thing to happen to me. I mean, my family wants to move out here.” “We’re just trying to put it behind us now so we can move forward,” Verdin said with a smile. Twelve months later, they seem to be doing just that. Questions? Comments? Questions can be directed to info@lbunion.com Or comment online at www.lbunion.com

Niners Take Three In Three By JJ Fiddler Sports Editor Under a lengthy list of the program’s accomplishments on the inside front cover of this year’s press guide it reads, “This is Long Beach State Volleyball.” Over the weekend, the 2006 edition of the 49ers embarked on their journey to continue that storied tradition, and three wins over the weekend in the Annual Long Beach State Tournament was a good start. On Friday night the Beach took on #13 Missouri in front of 2,000 patrons in the Walter Pyramid, winning easily in three games 30-16, 30-18, 30-27. Outside hitters Quincy Verdin and Robin Miramontes dominated the net, tallying 12 and 11 kills respectively, while Sophomore setter Nicole Vargas made her first start a memorable one with 37 assists, seven digs and three kills. “I had some jitters during warm-ups,” said Vargas. “But once I got on the floor

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they went away. We played well and kept competing… and our hitters were really on tonight.” Long Beach used two separate six-point runs in the first game, holding the Tigers to one point more than their school record for lowest point total in one game. After the match, a normally reserved Head Coach Brian Gimmillaro was all smiles and laughs over his team’s performance. “This was a good start for us. [Missouri] is a good team and well coached, but we were better tonight… This looks like a Long Beach State team.” The ladies continued to look like 49ers on Saturday, taking out Alabama State and Villanova in three game sweeps. The afternoon game against Alabama got so out of hand (30-7, 30-7, 30-6) that Gimmillaro was able to play his entire bench as 11 of 13 players tallied points, led by the newcomer at middle blocker Michaela Hasalikova, who scored 14.5 points with 11 kills.

In the nightcap, Villanova battled with the Beach— using a seven-point run in the first game to get to game point four times— but Long Beach fought back and took the game on a block by middle blocker Alexis Crimes, who started the match 11 for 11 in total attacks and finished with a team-high 13. “We gained a lot of experience, playing well on Friday,” said Gimmillaro, whose team came back from deficits in the first and third game on Saturday night, taking the match 34-32, 30-20, 30-28. “Today was a long day, but we were able to turn it on at the end of each game tonight… I like the attitude of this team.” If it’s attitude that dictates results, then this attitude is working, and like Gimmillaro said on Friday night, “This is Long Beach State: what do you expect?” Volleyball continues their season opening home stand on Wednesday night @7:30 against Oregon.

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See, I told you we’d be back. I hope everyone’s summer was chalk full of sports, sunshine and a shitload more sports, and as this page’s sophomore season gets underway I would like to assure you that a slump is not in the cards. The true test of a team is how they come back to defend a title. I’m not saying we are the champions… wait, yah I am. So, this year we will have your old favorites like a beefed up Beach Update section and season previews (see page 24) as well as new nuggets of fun like “My Team” where you the reader can take a moment to rant, rave or just plug your favorite team. The cool thing is we are open to any opinions or ideas for the page. Think we should cover some event? Let us know and maybe you could do it. Matter of fact, we are looking for some savvy motivated personnel to cover some of the sports here on campus. Seriously, pick any sport you want and you can cover one or however many games you want. Even if you are not a Journalism or English major, writing for a stellar publication like the Union can only make that resume look better. With that said, before you bum rush the office with your musings I think we need to get a few things straight because as sports fans we tend to disagree. A lot. That’s not a bad thing, though; because its those heated conversations and pre-season predictions which make us sports fans. We all need to realize that… … the Angels will never make a deadline move with Bill Stoneman in the front office, so Angel fans need to manage their expectations in late July. …Tiger Woods is unbeatable when he brings his “A game.” … Barry Bonds took some sort of performance enhancing drug, so let’s all get over it because most of baseball was doing the same thing. Bonds’ drugs were just better. … Bonds should change his intro music to Chamillionaire’s “Ridin’ Dirty” for irony’s sake. … Tennessee CB Pacman Jones needs to stay inside his house between the hours of 5pm and 7am. And Chris Henry should move in to keep him company. … Fantasy football is not a dredge on the sports world. It’s just fun, and a lucrative investment for those with the skill (see: this guy). … Field of Dreams is the best baseball movie of all time, and I loved Bull Durham. Why Field of Dreams, you ask? Three words, James Earl Jones. … Kobe Bryant is the best player in the NBA. … Phil Mickelson is a great golfer who has the unfortunate luck of playing at the same time as Tiger. … Poker is not a sport. It’s a game, and there is a difference. … Dancing takes athletic talent, but it is not a sport. … ESPN will never give west coast teams the attention they deserve because they have to cut highlights three hours before any West teams play. … Bill Belichick is a better coach than Bill Parcells. … Ned Colletti is the NL General Manager of the Year, and Brian Cashman is the AL General Manager of the Year. … Andy Roddick needs to stop yelling at the chair umpire and just play some freakin tennis. … The Long Beach State men’s basketball team is going to be good this year. Real good. … NASCAR is boring on television, and they need to add more street races. … Al Pacino’s pre-game speech in Any Given Sunday is the best football movie speech ever. I could keep going, but... wait. Hold on. You smell that? That’s right baby, it’s football season! Don’t believe me? Turn the page. Yaddada! Questions? Comments? JJ Fiddler can be reached at fiddler@lbunion.com Or comment online at www.lbunion.com

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Over the weekend, Mike Guardabascio and Ryan Kobane sat down to hash out their picks and predictions for this NFL season. Voices were raised, chairs were thrown and someone almost lost an eye. It was fantastic. Enjoy!

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Mike- Yick. What a horrible division— I don’t know what will be harder, watching Brett Favre flop around like a fish out of water, or watching Brad Johnson start a football game for the Vikings. He was their starting quarterback an entire era ago…Bears take this division by default, and my money says no one scores more than ten points on them at home all season. Ryan- I’ve got the Bears giving up a cumulative 13 points the entire season, and scoring only 14. And in a final score from Wrigley… oh, wait, Soldier Field, the Bears win 3 to 2.

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Ryan- WHO GIVES A SHIT! I HATE THEM ALL! Mike- Even though I hate them, I’ll take a surprise gamble on the Cowboys—I don’t think the Redskins have it in them, and I think the Eagles are going to find out that T.O. wasn’t the only rotten apple in their barrel. I think the Giants…well, I think the Giants suck. They always look good on paper, but never do anything.

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Mike- The Panthers have been everyone’s sexy pick for the Super Bowl, and I admit it looks like they’ll tear up their division at the very least. I’m as curious as everyone else to see what Reggie and Drew can do in New Orleans; I’m betting better than people think. I think New Orleans will get the feel good team this year they deserved last year. Ryan- Mike said New Orleans is going to be good. I just want to make sure that’s printed! Carolina 16-0! Easiest schedule ever. Steve Smith, Defense, Jake, K. Johnson, Defense. Good luck beating this team! World Champs!

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Ryan- As long as Manning is throwing to Harrison and Wayne, I can’t see anyone stopping them in their division. They figured out how to play defense last season, let’s just hope they can remember how. Colts 13-3 Mike- The Jaguars will be good soon, with a strong draft class, but it won’t be this year. Colts in a no-brainer to win the division, and I will keep Texans and Titans fans in my prayers. As a Niners fan, I hope they’ll keep me in theirs as well.

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Mike- The Patriots look fired up for a return to form, and with Junior Seau providing even more on-field heart and intelligence, I’m going to guess that they’ll walk away with the division. Ryan- Ass-face says, New England; Guru says, Dolphins 11-5, because of C-pep throwing bombs to Cris Chambers all day long! No Feely throwing lame ducks, and the best young running back in the NFL finally getting his chance to shine! Mike- The Dolphins are the team I’m most curious about; I love Nick Saban so far, but I’ve got Culpepperphobia, and I just can’t see him taking them further than they’ve been. The Bills won’t even pretend to be good this year, and my best friend is a Jets fan, so be sure to laugh if you see him.

Mike- The West should be a fun ride— a month ago I might have had the Broncos running away with it, but I’m going to go with the Chargers; Philip Rivers has been mostly impressive in the preseason. Ryan- RUN RUN RUN RUN RUN RUN RUN! I think my grandma could gain 1,000 yards in the Bronco’s scheme. The addition of Javon Walker should give them a deep threat that Rod Smith hasn’t given them in a while. A touchy road schedule hurts them, but I see them as the favorite coming out of this touch division. Broncos 11-5. Mike-Raiders will be a shitty team with a great offense that turns the ball over too much, and the Chiefs are going to find out how strong Larry Johnson’s shoulders are when they rest their entire team on them.

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Ryan- I’ve got the Seahawks. Improved defense for sure, very good offense, key off season pick ups, and everyone hates to visit the country’s most depressingly rainy city. Long live the highest suicide rate in America. Mike- I’ve seen a lot of people underrating the Seahawks and overrating the Cardinals. Don’t forget: the Seahawks got Julian Peterson off the Niners. If they’d had him last season, they may have won the Super Bowl. Also don’t forget: the Cards picked up Edge, but an offensive line is sold separately. Only good thing the Rams did was not let Mike Martz back in, only good the the Niners did was resign Jerry Rice for one day.

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Fantasy Football: Draft Edition By Ryan Kobane News Director Every year, sometime around late summer, the magazines start to appear; glossy, large, and expensive. ESPN dedicates an entire show, and parts of SportsCenter to this pop culture phenomenon. Yahoo launches websites and analysis long before the first pre-season snap. Fantasy football is becoming a culture within a culture; an outlet and an excuse for every Sunday armchair quarterback to care about every yard, every interception, and every second of every game. Fantasy football hasn’t grown into a billion dollar industry just overnight. I can still remember my dad archaically adding up yardage and touchdowns from the Monday morning sports section, then having to call up everyone in his league to see who the winner for that week was. If you have been living under a rock for the last five years, or you have never watched a football game on TV, allow me to quickly explain the concept of fantasy football. The basic idea is that everything a player does is worth something. If a player scores a touchdown, it’s points, runs for 30 yards, it’s points, fumbles, it’s a loss of points. Every person in a league acts as the coach of his own team, which is comprised of a few players from every different offensive position, and every week he or she has to decide which player to start and whom to bench. Now that everyone at least has the concept of fantasy football, allow me to say this; I am a fantasy football maniac. I have been in the same league, with the same people for five seasons now, with one championship and playoff births in every single season. I also consider myself somewhat of a fantasy football guru. And this season I have been allowed to voice my opinions, concerns, and predictions to you. So here they are: the busts, sleepers, MVP’s, and team analysis.

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Top 11 Players

1. Larry Johnson, RB Chiefs- no brainer here. If LJ had been the starter for all 16 games last season his stats would have been obscene, somewhere around the 2,900 yard mark with 30 TDs. And with Herm Edwards committing even more to the run this season, I smell offensive MVP for 06/07. 2,123 yards, 23 TD’s. 2. Shaun Alexander, RB Seahawks- He just got paid mad skrilla, but Shaun doesn’t seem to be the kind of runner that would just shut down after an MVP season. Great additions to the offense and a shut-down defense all add up to great things for this guy. 1,800 yards, 25 TD’s 3. Ladainian Tomlinson, RB Chargers- Mr. Consistent, a new quarterback hurts LT due to the stacked lines he’s going to be facing, but he’s proved that even in an sub-par offense that he’s a stud, all day long baby. 1,450 yards, 21 TD’s, 65 rec. 4. Clinton Portis, RB Redskins- He is a complete nut bag, but man can this guy run. Let’s hope he sticks to just one of his personalities this season and stays healthy. 1,550 yards, 12 TDs. 5. Tiki Barber, RB Giants- Getting old, but always overlooked. Hint Hint, he ran for 200+ yards in three games last season, only the third RB in NFL history to accomplish that. 1,650 yards, 9 TD’s 6. Ronnie Brown, RB Dolphins- No Ricky, no problem. Finally allowed to shine, C-pep should give Brown some room to work with. Young, fast, strong. Durability is the only concern. 1,450 yards, 14 TD’s 7. Rudi Johnson, RB Bengals- Very difficult rushing schedule drops Rudi a few spots. He’s very consistent, and is in the best offense in the NFL. 1,400 yards, 9 TD’s 8. Steve Smith, RB Panthers- Don’t be fooled by his size, he loves going over the middle, runs routs like Harrison, and will burn you with one step. Best WR in the game right now! 105 Rec, 14 TD’s 9. Edgerrin James, RB Cardinals- New scenery, same kind of offense, well minus a Manning and add a Warner. I think he excels if the line can give him just one step. 1,350 yards, 11 TD’s 10. Steven Jackson, RB Rams- Prototypical runner, 6-3, 231 with speed, I love this guy! He wants the touches; it’s just a matter of if Linehan will give them to him. 1,400 yards 9 TD’s 11. Payton Manning, QB Colts- Amazing arm, best QB in the NFL. With Harrison and Wayne catching everything thrown their way, Manning is still money. I see the loss of Edge as a huge factor though, the running game takes a hit for sure. And I don’t think drafting a QB in the first round of a draft is ever a good idea.

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Busts Corey Dillon, RB Patriots Deuce Mcallister, RB Saints Ron Dayne, RB Broncos Steve Mcnair, QB Ravens Isaac Bruce, WR Rams Chris Brown, RB Titans Keenan McCardell, WR Chargers Joe Jurevicius, WR Browns Mark Brunell, QB Redskins Carnell Williams, RB Buccaneers

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Sleepers Reuben Droughns, RB Browns Drew Bledsoe, QB Cowboys Ben Troupe , TE Titans Julius Jones, RB Cowboys Frank Gore, RB 49ers Willie Parker, RB Steelers Ahman Green, RB Packers Reggie Brown, WR Eagles Joe Horn, WR Saints Willis McGahee, RB Bills

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[Creative Arts?] I

have always been lazy. I rarely start anything myself but I am quite good at finishing a task. If someone gives me an assignment, or a job to do, I will most likely do it well. But, like I said, I am lazy, and a very poor self-starter. Then one day I thought, perhaps I could play into my own apparent nature, which seems to be that of task-handed drone. Instead of taking an assignment to completion as handed to me by another, I will simply give them to myself. I thought, I will carve out a second consciousness from my current composite one, and have it assign me things to do. Perhaps I could carve, quite literally, a chunk of flesh from my body. From my side, or from my hand. Or maybe my hand altogether. I could separate my left hand from the rest of my body and fill it with all the madness, the inspiration, the work ethic, while the rest of me submits to the new, sole possessor of my dominant and productive traits. And so, with a recently purchased hacksaw, I remove my left hand from the rest of my body and endow it with all of my more admirable traits. I will adorn it with crown shaped rings and henna tattoos, painted fingernails and a single piercing in that fleshy triangle between the thumb and forefinger; a gold and platinum ring with a five and a half carat diamond. The initial runs of its commands yield high productivity. The works are critical and financial windfalls, blockbusters even. Although my former hand deserves all of the credit, it will accept none, thrusting all of the accolades onto me. I am happy to receive the credit, and the hand is pleased with my obedience. To show my appreciation I build it a gilded chair to sit on. It is decorated with the finest jewels and the softest furs. I place small pieces of meat at the foot of the throne as a sacrifice. It is pleased. It commands me to write a novel; a novel about a

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True Inspiration young woman who becomes the world’s savior. She will be worshipped and show us all the way to world peace. The book is hailed as the defining work of its generation. I complete a novel every nine months that garners the same reaction for the next ten years and one every six months for the following thirty. The hand never grows weary. It never submits. It is pure insanity; the kind of genius that is reckless and inapproachable. If my hand were a writer it would be Kerouac. It would drink too much red wine and have unprotected sex, causing it to contract genital warts. It is original and incomparable. It is everything I want to be, minus the genital warts. It does not allow me to speak to the press or to the public and so people assume that I posses those qualities. For years it goes on commanding and I go on laboring. Ten years into this process I have grown tremendously rich acting as the conduit for my hand. I never leave my house. I spend most of the earnings trying to please it. The hand sits atop a pile of extremely rare Spanish doubloons, and occasionally goes for a trot on its prize-winning, million-dollar thoroughbred stallion. People write articles comparing me to Howard Hughes, or the great Russian mystic Rasputin. They say I am clearly insane. By the fortieth anniversary of our separation, I am regarded as superior to Shakespeare, and more important than Socrates, J.D. Salinger, and James Joyce

are but a footnote compared to me. I have become the preeminent, most important writer in human history, though no one has ever heard me speak nor seen my face. One day, in my extreme old age, the hand addresses me in the usual manner. It tells me that it has grown weary of being the power behind the crown, and that it wants its just due. It wants me to address the world, and introduce the true source of all my material. I contact every major media source and tell them of my plans, in two weeks time, to speak on the steps of my estate. On the day of my announcement, millions of people have assembled in front of my house. It is by all accounts, the largest gathering of people in history. I have had a very powerful public address system constructed. I step up to the microphone and say, “It was not me. It was my hand.” Then I will thrust the adorned and shriveled hand into the air. At that very moment my heart will stop beating, and I will collapse. The crowd will stand in complete silence for a very long time. After everyone is as confused as they possibly can be, a young man will pull out a pocketknife, and begin sawing away at his own left hand. The people around him back away and gasp as he saws away at his wrist, and none look away as the blade severs the appendage. A nearby woman begins doing the same. And then more. And then more. Soon the crowd is a frenzy of people in some stage of removing a hand. After they have all succeeded in amputation they cheer and scream and applaud.

That is the sound of one hand clapping. -Conor Izzett

Storm of Twelve Nine Jared Kenelm Collins The winds come fast from the west Unseen, unheard, unexpected Riding on wings of ice and lightning The fragile web of human power is torn Asunder like so many inadequate twigs Upon pathways, arteries, of creeping travel Rendered perilous ice by the passing storm The trees - random, no size excepted Are felled with less effort than imaginable Their thick boughs and insurmountable trunks Descend as vengeful thunder upon frailties Frailties of human thought and construction None believed a force so vast Would arrive with such speed They doubted the universe We asked for power It gave us wood Sun’s energy Incarnate.

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The comets and stars burn up and fade away, and the dust of their passing descends on distant worlds where life goes onward once again. The universe lies beyond and within, beating like a heart and pulsing silently like a brain that spans all time and space for eternity and infinity, striving for change as all possibilities become realities in the depths of its limitless mind. A tenuous strand of sentience stretches out defiantly through this vast void of space, holding back chaos as a spider’s web would hold back an avalanche. Despite the threat of annihilation looming menacingly forever over the horizon, life perpetuates. It always finds a way. Lightning cracked like a whip over the harsh land, revealing all in a fierce white flash where the gods held their gaze. Disparities between heaven and earth were settled by the

snap and spark of the otherworldly power that leveled all else before it with a fleeting moment of truth to dignify its passing. For in that singular moment, a truth was revealed on the rocky shore of ice. Where the winds carried hail and the darkness carried naught but despair, a white figure clung to life atop a wave tossed plank. Down below, beside the shore, the man wrapped tight in animal skins bit back the cold through chattering teeth. His numb blue hands clasped the wood, dead with cold but clinging, always clinging, to the promise of life and the hope of a new tomorrow. Yet for the lost, forsaken man, tomorrow was never a true guarantee in the unforgiving place. Pushing back the darkness, the man turned his eyes to the frightening sky and bellowed aloud for all to hear, “By the gods! What have

I done to deserve such a fate?” Not a soul existed to hear the urgent plea. Coughing away the choke of sea spray as the waves rose higher, the man set his heavy bearded jaw in a grim line to brace himself as an impenetrable wall of ice materialized from behind the screen of hail. As the dark curve of water threw him sailing into the air, the inevitability of death loomed all too real before him. With the ice, all was brightness; then all was dark as his tiny raft slammed against the towering cliff. The body of the forgotten man slipped lifelessly into the sea. As the echo of fates entwined reverberated through the ice, twin ice-blue eyes flashed open in the deep darkness of a cavern within. As the awoken eyes narrowed, their piercing sight saw all there was to see. The answer was all too clear. Very soon now, everything would change.

I was standing out on an open hilltop at high noon No friends but the grasses, no challenge but the sky Stretching brown-leaved arms to dark-clouded heaven Shifting thirsty toes in rich earth just beginning to thaw When the sky began to clear in an absent wind And the purest of white-hot angels came down upon me With the ferocity of a demon and the beauty of a goddess Shattering the air itself with her speed and intensity As she dove into my open arms from the clear blue sky Her ethereal form coursing through me like the wind With such fiery passion as to set fire to my core Purging all the old dead wood eating at my lonely aching heart Snapping off the most rigid brittle branches from my trunk Stripping the dry brown leaves from my outstretched arms Awakening the blind moles in dark earth beneath my feet Suddenly changing everything I’d refused so long to change As her unexpected beauty awakens me to the goodness of this world While the fires die and my heart fills the deep void of the ashes And bright new leaves sprout green life from my fingers As the passion of her passage floods my body to banish the cold Watching the old brown leaves sail lightly eastward on a light breeze I realize I’ll never meet such an angel as this lightning ever again And though this small lonely world is the only one I’ve ever known I know the universe could not create a fairer beauty to rival hers For she is inhuman, immortal, the divine embodiment of Veritas Simply spirit, devoid of form, she alone has known infinity So, slowly, with great purpose and trembling determination I lift weary feet slowly from the dark earth that imprisons me Raise my green-leaved arms in silent praises to the vast blue sky And take my first awkward anxious step toward the distant west Toward the coast Toward infinity Toward her. 28 August 2006

Blessed Defiant Jared Kenelm Collins Blessed be those who stand at glacier’s edge Defying the frozen cliffs of jagged icy peaks To call out with warm spirits over the desolate land For it is they who persuade the ice to crumble And set in motion the winds that span continents To furiously seek the essence of elusive truths Merciless change is always so gloriously painful As all that resists is torn away once again Blessed Defiant, look what you have wrought! Let the woods remind you, always, of change That none will doubt the power of beginnings And may you recognize sightless eyes of glass That lack the silent desperate will to see.

The Whole of Truth Electrified Jared Kenelm Collins

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VOLUME 59

JEEPERS PENISES

ISSUE 1

This Is Mine Now! I Keep This! GRUNION Opinion/Commentary/Editorial

By Margaret “Sweet Pea” McCardle

wanted to let you know that you will not be getting it back until you plant me four new Visalia bushes and rake my lawn whose seeds were savagely raped by your thoughtless and obscene little twig legs. Dear Freddy Sanchez of 674C W. Daygoe, Dear Lenny Crawford of 321 Wilcrest Brook,

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Automatically Written By Staff@hotmail Heaven is a very nice place. Everything sparkles. I also like other things about heaven. I like all of the posters with footprints and kitties. I like the angels. Jesus is a very nice man. His beard is itchy when he gives me kisses. Mommy came to heaven. And Mommy said that my make-up wasn’t pretty like it used to be. I told Mommy that the angels helped me do it. She said it maked me look like a horse. I showed her my unicorn, Glittershine. She maked me shoot it. We have lots of glue now. Mommy says that pageant season is coming. Mommy is making me a dress that will hide my tummy. Mommy put’d the vaseline on my teeth. I’m afraid to stop smiling now. Mommy watches Daddy. Daddy has an itchy peeper. Mommy says that a spooky man is coming home. He has lots of flashy people around him. When pageant season comes, Mommy says I’ll have to stop eating. I telled her that I already stopped eating. Mommy made a red face and told a swear. The angel asked her to leave the church. Mommy sleeps a lot. When she wakes up she always has angry eyebrows. Jesus gave her an itchy kiss. Mommy gave him angry eyebrows. Mommy found my second unicorn, Princess Majesty. I don’t know where Mommy got that hammer from. Princess Majesty made a funny sound and then fell down. Princess Majesty is always so funny. Silly. I didn’t do nicely in the pageant. The little girl from the scary TV movie winned over me. Mommy dranked up all the high cabinet drinks. I wish Mommy never came. I love Mommy. I wish the pageants were over and my unicorns would wake up.

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Yesterday you and that spoiled little bully, Tommy Green, rudely threw your orange Nerf Frisbee Extreme into my front yard. With no warning I was suddenly accosted by this deadly weapon and my poor dog Scooter was bludgeoned in his hindquarters. I wanted you to know that I will not be returning your spongy assault module to you. Dear Cornelius Wright of 22 Cedar Lane, Last Friday you entered my front yard without my permission to pick one of my prized Visalia blossoms for your little whore girlfriend. While my reaction may have been a tad bit ruthless, when I chased you off with my new set of Dexter Russell knives that I bought recently at the Marshall’s, you foolishly dropped your red Yankees cap. I

While it may be acceptable for you people to not work all day and live off my tax money, I had to earn my retirement dollars by working a lifetime of painful 8-hour shifts at the DMV and weekends at Claire’s Diner. When the country needed me I even volunteered my services as a welder during the war. Yet you seem to think that using my hose to cool off your already wet back this summer is alright! Well, I will have you know that I will be sending you my water bill for the last three months, you dirty little savage. I will be expecting payment in U.S. dollars in no more than three weeks. Dear Jason Yokimoto of 78 Laguna St. I have seen you eyeing my little gentleman Scooter, and I will be contacting the local authorities for a restraining order if this behavior continues. I know that your parents own Wok this Way over on Glenville Road.

Aren’t I Just The Cutest? By Adorable dog

Paws To Reflect: This dog loves to plant posies and melt hearts.

I promise you, if anything happens to Scooter you and those parents of yours will pay dearly. P.S. Tell your older brother to put the muffler back on that abortion of a vehicle he has been racing down my alley. Dear Mr. and Mrs. White, It seems to be a local joke that I am some sort of a witch, and while I find that both offensive and disrespectful, I found your son’s impudence the most distasteful of all. Last Wednesday he thought it funny to sneak under my house and see how long he could stay there with his beady little eyes closed while his friends counted from my fence. If it were not for the brilliance of my darling Scooter I may not have discovered the intrusion, however his wise barks led me straight to your disgusting meddling midget. While at the time I did not intend that the broomstick to the head would kill the trespasser, I know that it was indeed the just outcome. This letter is to inform you that he now holds the longest record time for holding his breath under my house and, to date, no one has him beat.

Begrudgingly,

Margaret McCardle

Aren’t I just the cutest? Come on, admit it, I am. I know, I know, you told your girlfriend/daughter/ grandma/geranium that they were the cutest, but trust me: cut out my photo and take it to them, and tell them that they’ve lost their crown. One look at my puppy dog eyes and they won’t even remember you ever told them such lies. If that doesn’t do it, gently draw their attention to my stylish but practical straw hat, custom made for my tiny little head. Look how it rests on my wrinkly little brow. Booshybooshybooshyboo, I know. The photo barely does me justice, too. It doesn’t capture the magic of that time I fell asleep swaddled in a baby blanket, with just the top of my head poking out, or that time I burrowed into the torn-up wrapping paper on Christmas morning. Keep

your eyes out, though, I’m planning on releasing these and a few other select moments on a best of DVD this winter. Now you, too, can relive such classic moments as: the time I knocked the trash over and stood next to it looking ashamed; the time I frolicked in the new-fallen leaves; the time you had all those people over and I hid under the glass coffee table, kind of scared, kind of bewildered, but 100% cute; and of course, who could forget that time I got peanut butter stuck to the roof of my mouth. Precious. So please make sure to support me, the most adorable dog in the world, so that I can continue to afford the finest knit sweaters, grandma glasses, and headbands that money can buy. My livelihood depends upon it.

A Survivor Race War By Uncle Feeb

GRUNION WHITE HOUSE CONTACT Normally, I don’t watch much television, but I must admit that I’ve always been something of a Survivor fan. Never much cared for the queer fella, but I’d always make it a point to sit down and catch the new episode. Well, I will say that I am more excited about this new season comin’ up than any of ‘em before it. The folks at CBS have announced that for this season, they will be splittin’ up the cast members according to race. I know what you’re thinking: ‘isn’t that a sketch from Mind of Mencia?’ Well the answer to that is yes, but now they’re gonna do it on Survivor. My reaction to the split? I’ve got five words for ya’: just how God intended it. Ever since integration, there has been nothin’ but trouble. Too long has television pushed its hippie views of “integration” and “tolerance.” I say it’s time for a little Alabama segregation. Never hurt nobody. The show will be adopting a policy of “separate but equal,” and if that was good enough for my daddy, then it’s good enough for me. On the Survivor show, the contestants will get the same. They oughta’ do somethin’ to even things out. For example, the skinny, slow, toothless, inbred white boys don’t stand a chance against those black fellas in the challenges, except for swimming, so just give the black folks three fifths of a vote and that’ll be that.

Ford Tough: Separated at birth? Seriously, Feebs and Gerald Ford look eerily similar. That cant’ be healthy.

You see, CBS is finally givin’ us what we want: more reasons to hate each other. I say good. I say take it one step further. Make the Mexicans sneak onto the island at the beginning of the show, and send the Orientals away to “Internment Island.” It would only be until the contest is over, and we can be sure that they won’t sabotage anythin’. It’s really for their own good. Now just keep a close eye on them war-startin’ Jews. I’m with Mel on this one. My only problem is the location. The Cook Islands is in the Pacific. Now why not have Survivor in mainland America for a change? Why not Birmingham? Or maybe Montgomery, Alabama? There’s plenty of people who could use the work, and I’m sure they’d find a lot a’ support for the show’s new direction.


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ANOTHER PAGE OF PEEPERS

Exclusive: Kid Tries Acid, Trips Balls

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A Breast Laid Plans: Unpopular teen, Barry Dingle goes down in a glory less blaze of gory.

Unpopular Teen Explodes Out Of Classmates’ Memories By The Sophisticated Grizzly Bear GRUNION TRAINEE �������

The small community of La Mierda was shocked by the suicide of one its youngest residents last Tuesday. After years of torment and ripped Magic cards, Barry Dingle took his own life during his chemistry class at Jefferson Smith Middle School (GO RANGERS!). On the Monday prior, Dingle was attending a mandatory SAT 9 Test where students’ skills are tested in the subjects of math, English, science, and countless other topics to keep kids from doing class work. According to the hell-bound child’s blog, his decision to kill himself was finalized after his name was called to come up and receive his test that day. prompting all the students in attendance to laugh and repeat the teacher’s words “Dingle, Barry! Dingle, Barry!” Dingle finally cracked in the middle of a lab assignment the following day, pulling open his coat and revealing a row of dynamite strapped under his excessively largepubescent-girlish-breasts. Students were initially stunned by the size of his nipples and patchy chest hair, later referred to as “ground beef.” few lucky football players ran over to him after having noticed Dingle lighting a fuse and gracefully guided him towards the closest window, where the boy’s own clumsiness was said to have made him fall out, exploding on impact. Students were later stoked to find out that the next day of school was to be taken off in memory of Dingle, and so the janitors had enough time to scrape the burnt flesh off of the concrete walkway. Ex-NFL player turned Janitor Jimmy “The Brick” Hurrowitz was quoted as saying, “We really weren’t able to get around to the clean-up until monday, so all the stray cats had pretty much gotten the most of him by then.” He was soon forgotten when the news broke that Brad “The Chad” was cheating on Heather McGinty.

fter record highs, countless power outages, freak sandstorms and 793 deaths due to heat exhaustion, Iranian president Kanyasparadimejed has had enough. In an attempt to quell his nation’s “dark earth fever” as he calls it, he has initiated plans to expand his uranium enrichment program. “We will be building two more facilities for the program,” the President exclaimed at a press teleconference Saturday, “including one that will be shaped like that large KoolAid drink man. It will make the new orphan children happy once again.” When asked about the meaning of the second locations design, which resembles the Statue of Liberty getting raped by an Iranian missile, the President responded by reading notes on the palm of his hand and saying any similarity was “purely coincidental” and “not at all an intentional affront to the United States, or women in general.” Met by international opposition, Kanyasparadimejed remains resolved on the issue explaining, “I see nothing wrong with our enrichment program. A peaceful nuclear energy source is exactly what this nation needs. That, and a few big missiles.” The United Nations continues its demand for negotiations with Iran, with North Korea maintaining that “K-Jed’s intentions are not what they seem, and even if they are…that is fucking stupid!” Despite the lack of cooperation from the Iranian president, he did provide the U.N. with a diagram (right) to shed some understanding on how “Operation Makeahdehsungobuhbai,” will work. Iran remains under close watch, as international leaders feel certain points of the president’s plan remain unclear. Another conference is scheduled to be held next Thursday.

Dia-rama: This page was almost full color until this shitty diagram came along and fucked it all up.

How Much Porno Is Too Much? By The Cap’n of Serious Town GRUNION JEW

Analysts at the University of Munich, Germany stated in a press release Friday, that they have discovered some frightening news about pornography addiction thresholds through their recent study on internet trends. “It is common fact that das intarweb is use mainly for porno, like anal porno, girl-girl porno, animal-girl porno, and even girl-girl-animal-transvestite-midget porno,” explained lead analyst Adrian Meufmonch. “It has now been nearly 50 das years since text-picture pornos were showing on US Military DARPA net, and we estimate that a serious addict could have spent a cumulative 27.5 years doing just masturbate to das pornos!” After running a sophisticated set of cross-referential statistical analysis on numbers generated from their internet research, previous addiction research, and a set of Girls-Gone-Wild DVDs Meufmanch has estimated that too much porno is probably somewhere around 260,000 viewing hours, just under 30 years. “Das effectives of a porno overload could be catastrophic to a person and their surrounding culture-group,” stated Meufmonch. “After conferring with psychiatric experts we have concluded that most likely porno-overload would mainly consist of a dementia where the person would not know porno from reality.”

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For Print Journalism! With A Peeper In Your Mouf: This girl loves Cock-a-lick Dick Nookie-Dil-Dough Ice Cream. It’s her favorite.

When asked to comment on these frightening effects, Dick Long, a media-relations manager at Vivid Video in California stated, “That would make a great porno.”

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Headlines Annual Three Month Global Bush To Hold Breath Warming Grips the Nation, World Until Iran Disarms By Father McKenzie

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Bear expresses regret regarding stolen picnic baskets and slain infants.

‘That Anne Frank Is A Lying Slut’

ARIZONA - The ranks of global warming activists around the world are fattening like an American waist as the country heats up. These nouveau advocates, led by former garbage man Brandon Peterson, cite the recent heat wave as incontrovertible evidence that the world is imperiled. “You know, I never believed all that global warming bullshit before this,” said Peterson in a recent interview. “I mean, it all sounded kinda science fictiony, didn’t it? Green gases coming to focus the sun at us like a magnifying glass, melting the North Pole and frying the whole planet up. It sounded like some ludicrous liberal propaganda, and I didn’t want to devote any of my precious mental capacities to it. Until last May, you see, when I noticed some absurdities with the weather. “I was hauling trash out of the truck, when I realized I was perspiring most precipitously, even though we’d only been working for ten minutes. I turned to my partner and said, ‘Jeff, is it just me or is it getting hotter?’ We reasoned it was a hot day; but the next day it just kept getting hotter, on and on for the last three months. I mean, I’m no Al Gore, but there’s no denying we’re in the midst of some serious, horrible global warming at this juncture. For some reason though, even though we’re most clearly at the peak of this impending crisis, we haven’t been able to get the scientists to do jack shit about our predicament.” Leading Environmental Scientist Warren Thompson had this to say: “I think that Mr. Peterson and his associates are experiencing what those of us who made it out of second grade generally refer to as ‘Summer.’ It’s one of the four ‘seasons’ that make up our ‘year,’ and, typically, it’s the hottest time for the country. I would expect that these ‘people’ will probably lose interest in their newfound crusade around mid-September. “Still, it is nice to finally have the support that we’ve been looking for; it’s hard sometimes not to let the end justify the means.

A WARMING OF GLOBAL PROPORTIONS: What your government isn’t telling you about the mounting holocaust of hellfire. “And sometimes, frankly, it does; you wouldn’t believe the check Trump sent us after his toupee glue started melting. The important thing is to not panic just yet; as severe as this heat wave has been, it is most likely not an indication that we’re all about

to die. We probably have another twenty or thirty years minimum before the green gases shoot down from the laser beam in the sun to cook us up like gingerbread men in an oven. But that’s being conservative: it’s probably more like sixty or seventy years.”

Baby Left On Vacationing Couple’s Doorstep By Fancy Lash

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Gibson seriously can’t shut his stupid fucking mouth.

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LONG BEACH - Oliver and Olivia Jorodowsky expected a lot of things upon returning home from a week’s vacation in Utah. Mail piled up at the edge of the door. Missed phone calls on the answering machine. Perhaps even a carton of fetid milk in the refrigerator. “We looked forward to all of those things,” said 25-year-old Oliver. “But the last thing we expected to find was a dead baby on our doorstep.” But found a dead baby they did, and soon they did realize that there would be no unfinding of said baby from their porch-stoop

sitting area. “Luckily our neighbors hadn’t come over to water our plants like we’d asked,” said Olivia. “So the baby was pretty far gone when we found it. I don’t want to sound like a phantasmagorical hobgoblin or anything. It’s just that Oliver and I aren’t ready for a child. Its dying on our porch-stoop sitting area is probably best for everyone.” “I’m just—I’m really disturbed by this,” said Oliver. “That porch-stoop sitting area was our sanctuary, and now it’s got dead baby taint all over it. Wait—I don’t think I said that properly. The baby’s tainted our porchstoop sitting area with its deadness. Yeah, that’s much better.” The remains of the child were donated to a

local high school biology class for dissection purposes and general sexual education. The basket that the dead infant was discovered in was kept by the couple in the hopes of using it for a picnic someday.

BASKET FULL OF LOVE: Offensive baby dies on a porch.

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