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The Student Voice of Cal State Fullerton



    Monday February 9, 2015 Volume 97 Issue 7The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton

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    Senior guard Alex Harris soars toward the basket for an up-and-under layup in the 71-66 overtime loss to UC Riverside. Harris scored a career-high 31 points.

    WINNIE HUANG / FOR THE DAILY TITANDJ Cascio and DJ Father Knature went head to head during Orange Madness on Friday to compete for their spot in the Spring Concert lineup.


    Titans turn out for homecoming

    Woman raped in campus housing

    Titans share culture in new exhibits

    CSUF homecoming spoiled by UC Riverside in overtime

    TAMEEM SERAJDaily Titan

    Final round of DJ battle yields Spring Concert performer

    ANGIE PEREZDaily Titan

    Excitement reverberated on the walls of a packed Titan Gym for the homecoming game on Saturday, but the crowd couldnt will the mens basketball squad to a win over visiting UC Riverside.

    The Highlanders (11-12 overall, 4-5 Big West) spoiled the festive mood of the Titans (9-14 overall, 1-7 Big West) with a 71-66 overtime win.

    The games intensity to begin was electric, with CSUF jumping out to an 11-10 lead through the first four minutes of action.

    I thought it was a great atmosphere. I thought it gave us great en-ergy early in the game. I thought these guys fed off of it, Head Coach Dedrique Taylor said.

    But over the next 12 minutes, Riverside threw off the Titans flow by playing tough on the defensive end. The Highlanders went on a 19-8 run to open up a 10-point lead at 29-19.

    Offensively, we didnt get ourselves going, we didnt find a rhythm of-fensively. Their physicality bothered us, Taylor said.

    The teams traded baskets in the final minutes of the half, but Riverside still carried an 8-point advantage into the locker room at the whistle.

    Fullerton has been a dominant second-half team all season, and they continued the trend against the Highlanders, storming back after being down by as many as 13 points with 16:05 to play.

    Senior Alex Harris led the charge for the Titans, scoring 11 of the next 18 Titan points to fuel a 13-0 run to give the home team the lead.


    On Friday, Associated Students, Inc. Productions hosted the homecoming pep rally, Orange Madnessthe liveliest of the homecoming week festivities. It was a close call for DJ Cascio and DJ Father Knature, who faced-off in the highly anticipated Battle of the DJs final round.

    The DJs battled it out for an opportunity to perform at this years Spring Concert in May.

    About 1,200 CSUF students attended the 2015 homecoming ral-ly, said Shannon Franklin, Spring Concert coordinator.

    The rally then kicked off inside the gym with a performance by the Pilipino-American Student Association dance team. The dunk contest and a three-point shot contest between the CSUF mens and womens basketball team followed, and the men came out vic-torious over the lady Titans.

    This year, the noise level of the crowd measured by a decibel meter back stage was used in deciding the winner for Battle of the DJs.

    DJ Jorella, CSUF radio-tv-film major who was crowned as last years champion said winning Battle of the DJs was an amazing experience that catapulted his career as a DJ.

    The DJs had 15 minutes to go head-to-head. DJ Cascio start-ed things off by mixing crowd favorites like Fatman Scoops Be Faithful and House of Pains Jump Around.

    Three hopeful artists presented their artwork, and themselves, during the opening of two art exhibi-tions Saturday at the Grand Central Art Center in San-ta Ana.

    Nobuhito Nishigawara, the Cal State Fullerton ce-ramics coordinator and professor from Japan, em-braced friends and fans as they marveled at his work.

    I like to capture the du-ality, active and passive, I think everything has the dual quality, Nishigawara said, describing the message and purpose of his solo art exhibition, titled Nobuhito Nishigawara: Seeing.

    Nishigawara said he is influenced by cultural icons and historical works of art. He combines ele-ments from both influenc-es to create modern works of art.

    One piece in particular reflects the Latino culture of Southern California. He used reflective surfaces in the piece to reflect the en-vironment that Southern Californians, including himself, live in.

    The collective works of art as a whole reflect the melting pot of Southern California, Nishigawara said.

    His artwork attempts to show the duality of the past and the present, and the duality of the differ-ent cultures in Southern California.

    The other exhibit, en-titled MFA Student Resi-dents Exhibition, featured many CSUF students works of art.

    Prisca Langlais, a CSUF

    Masters of Fine Art student from Montreal, Canada, spent two months working 35 hours a week to com-plete her work of art.

    Her life sized drawing of a female athlete stands 5 feet 8 inches tall.

    Langlais used a model and photography for this piece to help her recreate the model using the graph-ite on paper medium.

    Grand Central Art Center holds two gallery openings


    CSUF Ceramics Coordinator and Professor Nobuhito Nishigawara displays his cultural art work at Grand Central Art Center. This exhibit and a student exhibit opened Saturday.


    Nobuhito Nishigawara:

    Seeing Feb. 7 - Apr. 12

    MFA Student Residents

    Exhibition Feb. 7 - Mar. 15

    Grand Central

    A rape occurred last week in campus housing, according to a University Police alert.

    A female victim was raped by an acquain-tance in the victims room around 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the report sent out Thursday afternoon.

    An email statement from Christopher Bugbee, media relations officer, said that, regardless of whether there is a criminal investigation into the incident, Cal State Fullerton will offer the ap-propriate support to the victim.

    In all cases, even those the university cannot pub-licly comment on, the uni-versity will offer continu-ing assistance and support for the victim, including academic and housing ad-justments, counseling re-sources, information about filing a complaint with the police and securing a no-contact order, and other remedies as appropriate, Bugbee said.

    The alert sent out by University Police main-tained the victims ano-nymity while still inform-ing the campus community of the incident, he added.

    The University is ob-ligated to and will exer-cise its judgment to issue a Timely Warning to the campus community about reported crimes, when it determines that doing so enables the community to increase its safety aware-ness. That is what was done in this case, Bugbee said in the statement.

    SEE RAPE 2

    Incident reportedly ocurred early Thursday morning





    Arrest made in shooting

    Man swept away on beach

    Majority of Sierra fire contained





    A 23-year-old gang member was arrested Sunday for a shoot-ing that left one per-son dead late Satur-day night, according to ABC7, the Los Angeles ABC affiliate.

    Michael Vincent Car-ter reportedly shot the victim, a black male, in the torso and head. The incident report-edly began as a phys-ical altercation and then escalated into the shooting.

    The victim, who was in his 30s, was trans-ported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died.

    The incident oc-curred at Hollywood Boulevard and Las Pal-mas Avenue at about 11:40 p.m. Saturday.

    Carter is being held on $1 million bail.

    An 18-year-old male is still missing after he was swept into the ocean Sunday af-ternoon in Laguna Beach, according to the Orange County Register.

    The teen, who was visiting from Neva-da, was walking with three friends near a cave-like area on the south end of Thousand Steps Beach when an incoming wave swept him away.

    One of the friends told a passerby that they were walking along the rocks when the man suddenly fell into a hole.

    Jason Young, chief of the OC Lifeguards, led the search and said that area of the beach is extreme-ly dangerous and should be off limits to everyone.

    The search is expected to resume on Monday.

    Firefighters in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains have con-tained 65 percent of a forest fire that broke out Friday, accord-ing to the Los Angeles Times.

    Firefighters ran into complications Fri-day when wind pat-terns changed mul-tiple times over the course of the day. Dry, drought-strick-en brush also posed problems for servicemen.

    The fire reached across 7,000 acres of land, destroying 40 homes and injur-ing three firefighters in the process. Mandato-ry evacuation orders have yet to be lifted due to four dozen downed power lines and many fallen trees.

    Four rapes were report-ed in 2014, including two which were reported last year but reportedly oc-curred in 2011. One of the other reports came during April of last year, and an-other was reported in Au-gust but occurred in May.

    All four incidents report-ed last year, as well as the rape reported last week, were reported to have oc-curred in on-campus housing.

    Rape victims are ad-vised to call the police or a rape-crisis center im-mediately, according to the CSUF WoMens Cen-ter. Any clothing or other

    belongings present during the incident should be preserved to be used during a possible criminal trial, and victims should also document the in-cident with as much detail as possible, according the cen-ters website.

    Any information regarding the rape last week or any oth-er incident can be reported to University Police at (657) 278-2515.

    Victims of sexual assault can also reach out to the WoMens center, a victim ad-vocate center, at (657) 278-3928. The WoMens Center is located in University Hall, room 205.

    Victims can also con-tact Counseling and Psy-chological Services at (657) 278-3040.


    Rape: Multiple reports brought forward in 2014

    Committee pauses search for new dean

    Event aims to teach global view of business

    The College of Communi-cations has paused the search for a new dean to strengthen the pool of candidates.

    Approximately 25 College of Communications facul-ty members met Thursday to discuss the status of re-cruiting and hiring a new dean. Cal State Fullerton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jose Luis Cruz, spearheaded the meeting.

    The search began in Octo-ber and the search commit-tee set a proactive timeline in order to start evaluating candidates by early January. When the Jan. 5 deadline ar-rived, however, there were fewer than 20 applicants and only five who met the min-imum qualifications for the position.

    The requirements for the position include a Ph.D., a teaching record and a min-imum of three years of ad-ministrative experience in planning, budgeting and hu-man resources management, according to a university document.

    The candidate should also have research experience in one of the departments rep-resented in the college, and should have experience in designing curriculum, de-velopment faculty and ad-vising students, among oth-er qualifications listed in the

    document. The Department of Com-

    munications, Department of Human Communications Studies and the Department of Radio-TV-Film are all contained within the College of Communications. The search committee had diffi-culty representing each de-partment equally, in order to understand the diverse col-lege identity.

    Given the structure of the college it was diffi-cult to articulate who we are, said Jon Bruschke, Ph.D., professor of human communications.

    In the past two years, sim-ilar searches have garnered between 45 and 95 appli-cants, Cruz said. The search for a dean of the College of Communications, how-ever, brought in far fewer applicants.

    Since the job description and campus profile did not attract as many applicants as expected, Cruz decided to temporarily stop the pro-cess to reevaluate and repool candidates.

    During the meeting, one attendee questioned whether the low number of applicants was the fault of the Academ-ic Search consulting firm in charge of promoting the po-sition. Cruz, however, said the fault didnt fall entirely with the firm.

    A major topic during the meeting was why the orig-inal search wasnt effec-tive. Cruz said that the way the job was described could have played into the lack of applicants.

    I think we need to fig-ure out a way to present

    the position in a different light, Cruz said during the meeting.

    The committee will not consider the applications it has already received until the second wave of applica-tions come in. Rather than putting forth the resourc-es and time to consider the few applicants who met the applications, the committee will seek to first widen the pool of possible applicants, Cruz said.

    Lets have a conversation and figure out how we can reframe the advertisement of the position as a profile of the college, he said.

    The 11-member search committee is comprised of appointees from the Aca-demic Senate, university president, Associated Stu-dents, Inc., the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

    To ensure every depart-ment and faculty member is represented in the process, the committee will conduct an online survey and use those results as an aid in de-termining if the candidates will make a good fit.

    Im optimistic about the provosts plan for the re-tooled search process, said Jason Shepard, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Communications.

    The expectation is that these new narratives will better represent the colleges strengths, areas of opportu-nity and aspirations, Cruz said in an email sent to com-munications faculty.

    If all goes to plan, Cruz said he hopes to start evalua-tions by early Fall 2015.

    Lack of applicants leads committee to widen applicant pool

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    Jose Cruz, CSUF provost, speaks at the open forum Thursday. The committe searching for the new dean of the College of Communications has decided to pause the search to allow for more applicants.


    An upcoming information-al event is seeking to challenge students to analyze how busi-nesses operate, not just in their own communities, but in the world at large.

    Think Globally, Act Lo-cally: Building Local Roots for Americas Small Busi-nesses, will include two guest speakersJohn Jack-son, Ph.D, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Jeff Williamson, Ph.D., a marketing department faculty member.

    Jackson wrote a book on niche marketing in 2007, and Williamson works for the state of California and often ac-companies Gov. Jerry Brown on trade missions to Asia.

    The two men will encourage

    students to think about how business decisions made with-in their local community can have global implications, said Christopher Swarat, director of the Center for Internation-al Business, one of the groups that will host the event.

    The event is a joint effort between the Center for In-ternational Business, Center for Entrepreneurship and the Marketing Department.

    The event will feature in-formation about startups and their impact in the global market as well as information about social media and the role it plays in the international business world.

    We really needed to get students to understand a little bit more of how social media is being used by small busi-nesses as store fronts now to break into emerging markets, Swarat said.

    Presentations are a new of-fering from the Center for In-ternational Business. Until re-cently, the center has served as a support mechanism for

    CSUFs study abroad pro-gram. However, it is now expanding to benefit oth-er groups of students and faculty.

    That expansion started last semester when the cen-ter began a speaker series that attempted to develop global awareness among stu-dents through faculty, alumni and eventually, the business community.

    One of the centers main goals, and a requirement for its students, is to develop a certain amount of global awareness.

    Its important for students to gain a broader appreciation of whats out there, especial-ly outside of Orange County and the United States, Swarat said.

    It will only help to enhance their chances of landing the job that they want, Swarat said.

    The presentation is free and will take place from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11 in the Titan Stu-dent Union Theater.

    Students to learn how local decisions can have global impact


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    Stirring up titan-sized spirit

    A participant works on a chalk mural at Saturdays event. Other students created murals earlier during the week as part of the Chalk Off event that began Feb. 1 and extended through Feb. 2 when the murals were judged.

    WINNIE HUANG / DAILY TITANRapper Ty Dolla $ign performs at the Orange Madness rally Friday. The event was meant to drum up student attendance.


    Children climb the massive rock wall available at Saturdays pregame event. WINNIE HUANG / DAILY TITAN

    Attendees participate in one of the multiple games available to play at Saturdays pregame event.WINNIE HUANG / DAILY TITAN

    One of the many activities available for attendees at the pregame event Saturday included human-sized hamster balls in which participants could race each other.


    Cal State Fullerton President Mildred Garca cheers during the mens basketball game Saturday. MARIAH CARRILLO / DAILY TITAN



    ASI accepting submissions for film festival

    Cavatina Duo brings their classical style to CSUF

    Nobuhito Nishigawara (right) discusses his art work with exhibit attendees at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana Saturday. The CSUF professor drew inspiration from the diversity and environment of Southern California.


    Her life sized drawing of a female athlete stands 5 feet 8 inches tall. Langlais used a model and photography for this piece to help her recreate the model using the graphite on paper medium.

    Langlais measured key points on her model, used pho-tographs and then used mathe-matical calculations to achieve precise proportions for the piece.

    I am interested in con-structed ideas of beauty

    around the body, and what I think is beautiful and what I see around me is beautiful, Langlais said.

    Amy Bergener, CSUF Master of Fine Arts student, walked around the exhibition with her husband, watching and wondering what the peo-ple there thought about her three paintings that she had on display.

    Bergener submitted three portrait paintings for the exhi-bition that had an impression-ism style.

    I love the portrait, people fascinate me, and paint fasci-nates me, Bergener said. I think by making the marks en-ergetic, it brings (the painting) to life, it gives it some kind of energy or dynamic that you dont get if it is photo.

    The MFA Student Res-idents Exhibition doesnt end until March 15, and Nobuhito Nishigawara: See-ing ends April 12.

    Denis Azabagic (left) and Euginia Moliner (right), otherwise known as the Cavatina Duo, performed classic music in the Recital Hall Friday. The duo performed works by Bach, Takemitsu, Assad, Thomas, Sor and Piazzolla.


    Cal State Fullerton students interested in film will soon have the chance to showcase their work.

    This February, Associat-ed Students, Inc. Productions is now accepting submissions for their annual student film festival.

    All submissions must be between two to ten minutes long and can belong to any genre, including live action, documentary, short story and animation.

    The only request from judg-es is that the films retain a rel-atively appropriate manner and are not offensive.

    Those accepted will have

    their work analyzed by both Associated Students, judges, as well as audience members who attend the event.

    Ultimately, the winner will be chosen by a majority vote from attendees.

    The first place winner will receive a GoPro camera and the runner up wins free mov-ie tickets.

    Last year, 20-year-old radio-tv-film student Carlos Cortes took home the gold with his short narrative film discon-nected., which was filmed on campus.

    It was pretty special considering that the fes-tival took place exactly a year after we filmed, Cortes said. It was great to be recognized at the school, and I am incredibly proud of the work that was put into the film.

    This year the submis-sion date was moved up so students have time to go out and make a short in time for the festival, or have an opportunity to do re-edits.

    The submissions deadline is Feb. 27.

    The festival will take place on April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Ti-tan Student Union Titan The-atre, and while only students can submit work to the festi-val, everyone is welcome to enjoy the festival.

    Students have three weeks to put forth their best work

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    When It was Father Kna-tures turn, he amped it up a level by mixing N***** in Paris by Jay-Z and Kanye, then mixing the popular radio track CoCo by O.T. Genasis.

    It was a tough set to fol-low, but Cascio responded by repeatedly scratching a beat and then finally let-ting it drop with some clas-sic West coast rap. Knature came back with an up-beat EDM mix. In the last round, Cascio played a trap remix of Kid Cudis Pursuit of Happiness while Kna-ture took a unique spin, us-ing a movie sound bite with a little bit of trash-talk.

    DJ Jorell presented the

    winner of the 2015 Bat-tle of the DJs. Both DJs received positive feed-back from the crowd, but DJ Cascio got the loudest cheer and won the battle.

    I want to make people smile and sing along, thats what got me to DJ, Cas-cio said before winning the competition. With this win, Cascio will be perform-ing for this years Spring Concert.

    We are making huge changes to Spring Concert this year, so we want to have more lead-up events to build up student excite-ment for the event, Frank-lin said.

    The full lineup for the Spring Concert will be an-nounced in April.

    Battle: DJ spins his way to victory


    Two student DJs used their turn table skills to compete in the final round of Battle of the DJs Friday.


    Exhibit: Student and local art gets exposure


    The MFA Student Residents Exhibition has a variety of different mediums and art styles on display.



    I like to capture the duality, active and passive, I think everything has the dual quality.

    CARLOS CORTES2014 Film Festival Winner

    It was great to be recognized at the school, and I am incredibly proud of the work that was put into the film.





    Swiping right for romance

    An elastic heart misunderstood

    Sia premiered her new vid-eo Elastic Heart through You-Tube on Jan. 7, but not every-one was able to wrap their head around it.

    Sia received praise from many, calling it artistic, but received backlash from others thrown by the intimate physi-cal nature of the dance.

    The video features

    12-year-old recurring dancer, Maddie Ziegler, in a leotard and 28-year-old Shia LaBeouf in briefs, poetically dancing in a cage.

    Sia knew the vast age dif-ference and minimally clothed characters wouldnt fall in line with conservative views, but she was prepared for the harsh criticism destined to come her way.

    The artist posted various tweets which said, I antici-pated some pedophelia!!!... All I can say is Maddie and Shia are two of the only ac-tors I felt could play these two warring Sia self states, She tweeted.

    I apologize to those who feel triggered by #Elasti-cHeart. My intention was to create some emotional con-tent, not to upset anybody.

    Sia created emotive content, but it was misunderstood by a portion of the audience.

    Throughout the video, there were some intimate dancing gestures that triggered the pe-dophilia claims as LaBeouf carries the girl during dance lifts, and his quick attempt to touch her as he lays down next to her with fear; creating a vi-sual similar to a person who is scared of touching a vicious, wild beast.

    However, behind the

    scandalous clothing and age gap, no actual signs of pedo-philia were visible.

    LaBeouf did not demon-strate any perverse attraction towards Ziegler. LaBeouf carried himself well and seemed to be focused in his role.

    Perhaps more suitable clothing and age appropri-ateness could have curtailed the controversy for the video premiere.

    But if one looks past the controversy, its easy to see the aesthetic message the video conveys with raw emotion.

    Sia has explained the two characters represent dual sides

    of her personality, not a rela-tionship between the two.

    I examined the video as a contemporary dance piece where Zieglers char-acter represents a strong state of mind express-ing an animalistic urge, clashing with the weaker, trapped mind of LaBeoufs character.

    The search for peace be-comes impossible because the weaker character is dominated by the stronger one, losing strength and becoming well-worn.

    As the stronger one gets out of the cage, the weaker one demonstrates

    frustration, screaming at the top of his lungs.

    After both minds be-friend each other, hope-lessness arises when the weaker one is unable to escape.

    Sia delivered a beauti-ful message of emotion-al instability and it was steered away with indecent accusations.

    If people expanded their idea of what should be con-sidered art and took other peoples viewpoints into account, the controversy behind this video would be squashed and rightful-ly so.

    Social media networks have enabled us to avoid face-to-face rejection.

    Lets face it, why would people put themselves in a vulnerable position in an era where a quick Goo-gle search pulls up a se-cret admirers Facebook and within seconds, a mes-sage is sentall done from the comfort of their own home.

    Apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have become a necessity for many millennials.

    These apps have made it even easier for people to exchange numbers and meet up.

    People have different reasons for using social

    media. Some use it to make friends, some use it to net-work and others use it to find love.

    A fairly new app that has made its way into the spot-light for people who are looking for love is Tinder.

    Tinder is a matchmak-ing app that enables users to connect with others us-ing two buttons.

    It asks users to set a ra-dius for the distance in which they are searching for someone.

    It brings up other users in your radius, and lets you decide if you like someone based on the pictures they provide along with a short bio from the user.

    Tinder has been widely criticized for its appear-ance-based matchmak-ing process which many consider shallow and superficial.

    The question then aris-es, does Tinder actually foster relationships, or is it merely an easy way to hook up?

    While many people will be quick to bash Tinder for its vanity, people need to realize that they do this every day without even noticing.

    In a way, the creators of Tinder just made it easier for people to weed through possibilities, making the search for love or whatev-er else someone is looking for, that much easier.

    In a generation thats been surrounded by social networks, communicat-ing and searching for love via social network doesnt seem that bizarre.

    People are able to con-nect with others from all

    over the world. Some people have

    formed relationships by using Tinder and its com-pletely okay.

    People have a tendency to criticize those who find romance on the Web, but its becoming part of the norm with every year that passes.

    Tinder does, however, provide the opportunity for people to hook upif thats what theyre looking for.

    As long as both parties feel mutual about the in-tentions of the interaction, Tinder can be used for many other purposes.

    At the end of the day, its possible to form rela-tionships via Tinder be-cause the world is, and will continue to be, dependent on technology.

    Making the first move is frightening for most, so the ease of swiping right helps make that first move just a little bit easier.

    Tinder is a great way to connect with the people around you


    Sias new video is a beautiful work of art marred by strife


    The question then arises, does Tinder actually foster relationships or is it merely an easy way to hook up?

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    Titans claim first conference win

    Softball pitches stellar start

    The Cal State Fullerton softball team had quite the eventful weekend, play-ing five games over the course of three days as they co-hosted the SoCal Colle-giate Challenge to kick off the 2015 season.

    Fullerton went 4-1 in the tournament, defeating Pur-due University and Ida-ho State University Friday and the University of No-tre Dame and Northwestern State University Saturday, before losing the second leg against Notre Dame on Sunday.

    Day 1

    On Friday, the Titans got their first taste of action against Purdue University.

    A lot of times you make that opening day such a big deal and your emotions take over. So to be emotionally in control tonight was re-ally impressive, said Head Coach Kelly Ford.

    Christina Washing-ton started on the mound for Fullerton. Washington pitched six innings of shut-out ball, while Alex Whitte-more, her opposite number in the Purdue circle, could not have asked for a worse start, allowing four runs in less than a single inning.

    It was great scoring ear-ly because then we had (those) insurance runs, so we went out on defense a lot more confident, we had a little bit more room to work with, Washington said.

    First to capitalize on Whittemores dismal pitch-ing was sophomore catch-er Kylie Padilla. The Titans had the bases loaded when Padilla stepped up to the plate.

    Padillas hit to right field drove in Missy Taukeiaho and Delynn Rippy, the Or-egon State transfers first runs batted in as a Titan.

    Sarah Moore helped extend the lead for the Titans, also earning her first two RBIs in a CSUF jersey. The Mis-souri transfers hit to right center field allowed Melis-sa Sechrest and Padilla to score, extending the Fuller-ton lead to 4-0 and forcing a Purdue pitching change.

    Moore earned her third RBI of the day when her third inning hit down the right field allowed Brooke Clemetson to score, putting the 5-0 mark on the game. Purdue scored its three runs of the contest at the top of the seventh inning, but they could not pull off the come-back, succumbing 5-3 to the Titans.

    The second game of the day for Fullerton was versus Idaho State.

    Jasmine Antunez start-ed in the circle against the Bengals. She struggled with her command, walking sev-en hitters, a career high for the junior.

    After four uneventful in-nings, things finally took a turn in the fifth. Junior Courtney Rodriguezs hit

    to right field gave her two RBIs. Rodriguez, a transfer from Arizona, then scored a run of her own off Saman-tha Galarzas single to left center field, extending the Fullerton lead to three.

    Idaho St.s Maddy Hick-man drove in Kacie Bur-nett at the top of the sev-enth inning to cut the deficit to two, but Antunez struck out Bengal Gabby Lopez to seal the 3-1 victory for the Titans.

    Day 2

    Fullerton began Saturday against No. 21 Notre Dame. The game was high scoring, with Fullerton finally de-feating Notre Dame after 15 total runs.

    The Titans started the game with Washington in the circle. Washingtons first inning saw her give up two runs, as Micae-la Arizmendi and Cassidy Whidden recorded one RBI apiece, driving in Jenna Si-mon and Emilee Koerner, respectively.

    Taukeiaho halved the

    deficit at the bottom of the first with her homer to right center field, making it a 2-1 game. Taukeiaho then hit another home run at the bottom of the third inning to knot the game at two.

    Megan Sorlie put No-tre Dame again in the lead at the top of the fourth, but Moore homered to right field, driving in Arianna Espinoza to pull the Titans ahead 4-3.

    Koerner hit the Fight-ing Irishs first home run of the contest to tie things up at 4-4 at the top of the fifth, but Taukeiahos run from Crawfords right field sin-gle at the bottom of the fifth gave the Titans the lead once more.

    The top of the sixth saw Notre Dames Katey Haus drive in Cassidy Whidden to level the score at 5-5. Washington then made way for Antunez in the circle. Antunez, however, strug-gled with her command once more. She walked three batters, which allowed Carly Piccini to walk home and put the Fighting Irish

    ahead 6-5.Ford quickly pulled An-

    tunez from pitching duties and opted for Desiree Yba-rra instead. Ybarra pitched out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs. Fullerton pulled level at the bottom of the sixth off a Sechrest run from a Rodriguez single.

    Whidden then smashed a homer and extended the No-tre Dame lead to 7-6 at the top of the seventh.

    The Titans again tied things up at 7-7 at the bot-tom of the seventh when Shianne Brannans single to right field allowed Padilla to score. With the bases load-ed, Gabrielle Rodas drew a walk to seal the 8-7 victory for Fullerton.

    The Titans played their second game of the day against Northwestern State, winning the contest 6-4.

    Northwestern St.s Kellye Kincannon scored off Cas-sandra Barefields double to center field, giving the Demons the 1-0 lead in the first inning.

    Fullerton finally respond-ed at the bottom of the third,

    scoring five runs in the pro-cess. Rodriguez drove in Rippy, Paige Kisling and Taukeiaho to put the Titans ahead 3-1, before scoring herself off a Crawford sin-gle. Clemetsons run off a Galarza grounder ensured a 5-1 scoreline at the end of the third. At the bottom of the fourth, Rodriguez once again drove in Kisling to extend the lead to 6-1.

    Sydney Salmas scored for the Demons at the top of the sixth to cut the deficit to 6-2. Neither team would score again until the top of the seventh, when Micayla Sorosiak launched a home run and drove in Salmas in the process, bringing the scoreline to 6-4. The Titan defense ensured no more runs, however, as Fullerton won its fourth game of the tournament.

    Day 3

    On Sunday, the final game of the tournament once more pitted the Titans against Notre Dame. How-ever, the Titans were not so lucky this time.

    Haus homer put the Fighting Irish ahead 1-0 at the top of the second in-ning, before Simon made it 2-0 at the top of the third. Arizmendi extended the lead with a homer that also drove in Koerner, making it 4-0 for Notre Dame.

    Taukeiaho breathed some life back to the Titans at the bottom of the third, as her home run drove in Kisling to make it 4-2 .

    Fullerton would score no more, instead watch-ing helplessly as the Fight-ing Irish scored three more runs. The game was halt-ed at the top of the sev-enth inning due to Notre Dame travel restrictions. The Fighting Irish ended up winning 7-2, handing the Titans their first loss of the season.

    Theres always more, and this is just the begin-ning, so were really excit-ed to see what happens, Taukeiaho said of the Ti-tans prospects for the rest of the season.

    The Titans upset No.21-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday


    Cal State Fullerton softball started its season co-hosting the SoCal Collegiate Classic. The Titans went 4-1 over the weekend, including a win over the No. 21-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Missy Taukeiaho blasted three home runs in the tourament.


    Cal State Fullerton snapped a six-game Big West losing streak and cap-tured their first conference win of the season against Cal State Northridge Thurs-day night.

    The Titans 69-53 victo-ry was lead by senior guard Josh Gentry, who finished with a career-high 19 points, and senior forward Steve McClellan, who compiled a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

    The Titans starting line-up featured a different look as star guard Alex Harris spent the first half of the game on the bench in what Head Coach Dedrique Tay-lor described as a coaching decision.

    With Harris on the bench, the Titans looked to those with experience to help lead the team in an important conference game.

    This is a must-have game, and I took the leader-ship as a senior to be aggres-sive and try to get my team on the right track, Gentry said.

    Gentry got the team off to a good start, scoring four of the teams first seven points and finishing the first half with 13 points.

    Guard Sheldon Blackwell

    replaced Harris in the start-ing lineup, starting his fifth game of the season. Black-

    well finished with eight points, six rebounds, three assists and no turnovers; showing that this stage is not too big for him.

    No nerves, Im a sopho-more, Ive been here and my team keeps telling me to be aggressive, so thats what I was trying to do, Blackwell said.

    The Titan defense im-pressed, holding the Mat-adors to 36 percent shoot-ing for the night, and containing Stephen Max-well, Northridges second leading scorer, to six points throughout the contest.

    I thought defensively we were on task, Taylor said.

    One of the concerns for the Titans coming into the game was their turnovers. The Titans turned the ball over 19 times last week in a loss against Long Beach State. On Thursday, Taylor and his team focused on ball control, trimming their turn-over total down to 12.

    We talked a great deal about it, just trying to val-ue the basketball, Taylor said. I thought our guys did a pretty decent job of that tonight.

    With the Big West

    Conference Tournament looming in the near future, the Titans are hoping this

    win will give them the mo-mentum to turn their season

    around and finish strong down the stretch.

    I felt like we just needed one to get us over the hump so we can remember what winning felt like, Taylor said.

    Coming off of a slow start in conference play, the Ti-tans know every game down the stretch is needed.

    Every game is a must-win, Gentry said.

    Josh Gentrys career-high 19 points ends the losing skid at six

    ANDREW MCLEANDaily Titan

    Senior guard Josh Gentry drives by Cal State Northridge guard Taelin Webb. Gentry carried the Titans to their first Big West Conference win of the season on Thursday by pouring in a career-high 19 points. The Titans won 69-53 against the Matadors.


    JOSH GENTRYSenior Guard

    This is a must-have game, and I took the leadership as a senior to be aggressive and try to get my team on the right track

















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    Senior guard Alex Harris gets fouled by UC Riverside forward Taylor Johns on his drive to the basket. Harris finished the game with a career-high 31 points in the 71-66 loss to the Highlanders.


    Cal State Fullerton mens lacrosse opened the 2015 season with a 21-5 victory over the Saint Marys Col-lege Gaels on Saturday.

    The Titans finished the 2014 season in first place in their division with an overall record of 12-2 and a divisional record of 4-0.

    The game was a one-sid-ed affair in favor of the Titans, who handed the Gaels their first loss of the season.

    The Titans began aggres-sively and did not skip a beat the entire game.

    (Our focus) was to play smart, do what we practice all the time, Head Coach Mike Ansel said. I know its the first game of the year, so I didnt want to get ahead of ourselves. (We wanted to) stay within our system and I knew if we did, wed be fine. Its the first step, the first game of

    the season, so hopefully we keep it going.

    Fullerton looked to their sophomore captain, Alex Kowalski, to lead them to the victory. The midfield-er is coming off of a stel-lar freshman campaign where he scored 47 goals and dished six assists in 12 games. His impressive stat line earned him the South-western Lacrosse Confer-ence Offensive Player of the Year award, as well as the Mens Collegiate Lacrosse Association All-America Midfielder Honorable Men-tion honors.

    It feels great. We put in so much effort, waking up and putting in work, and we just clicked to-day, Kowalski said. We just kept going, there was no letting off. We were so pumped and we were just

    ready to play the whole game.

    The Titans displayed a solid performance on both sides of the ball. They were relentless on defense, constantly pressuring the Gaels. Fullerton was also aggressive on the offensive end, exhibiting fluid pass-ing, working the defense and waiting for the right time to shoot.

    I think all of our fresh-men that came in, all the players that came in, they improved and got so much better. Working with them was just awesome, Kowal-ski said.

    With the first win of the season now under their belt, the Titans will con-tinue to look toward their youth as 2015 rolls on.

    Expect a lot of fun, were real young. The ma-jority of our team are freshmen and sophomores, so its a lot of young kidsnew fresh faces that are go-ing to be scoring goals and doing well, so itll be fun to watch, Ansel said.

    Fullertons next game is an away fixture against ri-val Long Beach State Sat-urday at 2 p.m.

    Alex Kowalski leads high-powered Titan offense against Gaels


    A pair of Big West Confer-ence road defeats has the Cal State Fullerton womens bas-ketball team in a tailspin.

    The Titans dropped games to UC Riverside on Thurs-day, 77-69, and to Cal State Northridge on Saturday, 82-51.

    The Titans have now lost three in a row and five of their last six games, falling to 9-12 overall and 3-5 in conference, which places them seventh in the Big West.

    Against host Northridge, Fullerton fell behind 47-27 at the half thanks to some sharp shooting from behind the arc by the Matadors (15-9 overall, 5-5 Big West).

    Northridges Katelin King drained 3-of-4 3-pointers in the first half, helping her team shoot 8-for-17 from the 3-point line in the first period.

    The Titans had trouble stay-ing competitive, as they sur-rendered 17 of the games first 22 points to trail 17-5 af-ter a 3-pointer from King at 13:07.

    While senior guard Chante Miles countered with a layup to trim the Titans deficit to 10, Fullerton never again trailed by less than double digits.

    Miles finished with 15

    points, four assists, four re-bounds and two steals for Fullerton. Senior forward Kathleen Iwuoha tied Miles for team-high scoring hon-ors with 15 points, while also corralling eight rebounds and two steals to add a defensive contribution.

    Freshman center Daeja Smith also added 12 points off the bench for the Titans.

    Guard Cinnamon Lister led the Matador squad with 14 points and four assists as each of Northridges 11 players got on the scoreboard.

    Another first-half deficit proved insurmountable for the Titans on Thursday, as Ful-lerton trailed UC Riverside 38-30 at the break in a game which the Highlanders ulti-mately won by eight points.

    Miles paced the Titans at the SRC Arena with 20 points and five rebounds. Iwuo-ha added an impressive dou-ble-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds, while King chipped in 10 points for Fullerton.

    The Big Wests leading scorer, UC Riverside guard Brittany Crain, was one of four Highlanders to score in double digits, and led her squad with 20 points and nine assists.

    While Fullerton handily won the rebound battle, 42-26, the Titans were more than doubled up in turnovers.

    Fullerton committed 27 turnovers that led directly to 30 points, while Riverside (15-8 overall, 6-3 Big West) al-lowed only nine points off its nine gaffes.

    Down by 15 early in the second half, the Titans closed within 44-51 after a 3-pointer from Hailey King with 12:12 left.

    Riverside responded, though, with its own 3-point-er and pushed its lead back up to 10.

    With 4:41 left, the Titans made their best surge with an 8-0 run capped off by a layup from Iwuoha to close the gap to 64-60.

    Fullertons comeback at-tempt ran out of steam, though, as the Highlanders answered with consecutive field goals to go back up by eight.

    Fullerton will look to snap its three-game losing streak at home Thursday at 7 p.m. ver-sus UC Davis (11-10 overall, 6-3 Big West).

    The Titans fall to seventh in the Big West standings

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    I told myself if we win or lose, I was going to leave ev-erything on the floor, and thats what I did, Harris said.

    Highlander guard Jaylen Bland stopped the bleeding by hitting a 3-pointer to tie the game at 49 with 6:10 to play.

    The final minutes of reg-ulation had the crowd of 3,102 in suspense, as nei-ther team could pull away in a game that featured 13 lead changes.

    After Harris knocked down a pair of free throws to knot the game at 59, Riverside had 31 seconds to convert a game-winner. Bland took a contested jumper from the corner as the buzzer sounded, but could only hit the side of the backboard.

    Overtime proved to have

    more edge-of-your-seat action. With the teams deadlocked at 64 with 1:38 to go, Riverside poured in the next four points, while the Titans missed their next two shots.

    Down by two with 26 ticks on the clock, Fullerton was forced to foul Taylor Johns, Riversides leading scorer. Johns missed his second free throw, leaving a breath of life in the Fullerton squad.

    Freshman forward Jamar Akoh rebounded the ball, but threw it out of bounds after a miscommunication with Har-ris. Akoh made good on the ensuing inbound by forcing a steal.

    Harris got the ball and streaked up the court, taking an off-balanced 3-pointer that clanked off the rim with 12 seconds remaining. Johns got the ball for a breakaway dunk to seal the 71-66 win and spoil the homecoming festivities.

    Harris (31 points) and Akoh (12 points, eight rebounds) both posted career-highs in points in the game, a bitter-sweet way to celebrate home-coming. Riverside was led by Bland (25 points, six re-bounds) and Johns (18 points, 15 rebounds).

    With the loss, the Titans re-main the last team in the Big West Conference and are in jeopardy of not qualifying for the conference tournament. However, Taylor believes the team is making the right plays and will work out the kinks soon.

    Weve got to stay true to who we are and what we be-lieve in. Were doing the nec-essary things to win the game, were just not finishing it, Taylor said.

    The Titans will look to right the ship against the Big West-leading UC Davis Ag-gies Thursday on the road.


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