CSUB Ain’t Got No Soul Bette and Boo Most Miserable Cities
Campus lacks energy and charisma. Dark-humored play makes its way to Forbes Magazine’s list includes
Page 2 the Doré Theatre. Page 5 Bakersfield. Page 3
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Classrooms and ammonia don’t mix CSUB looking for a
By Emmanuel Price
Mathematics dean, stood by
new volleyball coach
the building with Lt. Jack
Approximately 200 students Rutledge, as an electrician By Chris Davis since 1997 and is the win-
were locked outside of their worked in the electrical Staff Writer ningest coach in CSUB vol-
classes when high levels of room. leyball history. When he col-
ammonia triggered the alarm Students were allowed back CSU Bakersfield is in the lected a victory over UC
system on Feb. 22 around 5 into the building around 6:45 market for a new women’s Davis in October of 2002, he
p.m., according to students p.m. The students got their volleyball coach. passed Dave
on the scene. The alarms belongings but the alarm John Price has Rubio. He finishes
went off and were heard continued to ring. been officially reas- as one of only six
around the campus. “We were unable to deter- signed within the coaches at CSUB
According to the science mine any chemicals or haz- athletic department with more than 200
Stephanie Mahinan/The Runner
students, the chemistry lab The Science II building room 278 chemistry lab, which is ardous material. We will try according to Matt wins while wearing
has this problem once a year, believed to be the source of an evacuation on Feb. 22 due to determine why the alarm Turk in the sports the blue and gold.
and it is believed that the high levels of ammonia. went off. The room was information office. CSUB was Price’s
vents in the classes are not because of it,” said Tyler dents were locked out for evacuated and aired out. We None of the play- second school
suitable for the lab testing. Nelson, geology major. hours at the end of the day,” are unable to confirm the ers are allowed to Price coming to the
“This happens about every Nelson calls the occurrence said geology major Sarah exact cause at the moment,” talk to the media about the Central Valley after coaching
year. The chemistry lab uses an “annual event.” Haggard. said Bakersfield City Fire situation. Cal State Northridge where
ammonia; the ammonia “Last time the hood vents in Three fire trucks arrived Chief Garth Milam. The only thing the athletic he compiled a record of 194-
causes the alarms to go off the chemistry lab were not and four firefighters walked “It was a fire alarm, and that department is saying about 158 from 1986-1997, which
acting as if smoke is in the working properly which trig- into the Science II building. is all. It turned out to be noth- the issue is that Price has makes him as the winningest
air. Classes were canceled gered the alarms, and stu- Julio Blanco, the School of ing,” said Rutledge. been reassigned. coach for men’s volleyball
Price’s volleyball squad for the Matadors. During his
was the first in any sport to time at Northridge, Price –
‘Beyond the Veil’ tackles controversial issues, finish with a winning record coaching the men’s team –
in the Division I era of took a national power at the
debunks myths about Muslim faith CSUB athletics – a feat Division I level and kept
accomplished in 2008 with them in the upper echelon.
By Anne Stephens “The term ‘ground zero an 18-15 mark. His Matador teams finished
Staff Writer mosque’ is a total mislead- Price has been the volley- in the top-10 in eight of his
ing term. There is no ball coach for the ’Runners seasons.
The Muslim Student mosque on ground zero.
Association gathered This community center, as
together in the Student they’re calling it now, is League of Dreams
Union on Feb. 23 to answer several street blocks
questions from the public
while also putting an end to
away,” said Zuberi.
She continued to say that
the confusion of Muslim
women being oppressed.
she believed if the mosque
being built near ground
for disabled children
But what started out as zero was going to cause By Sara Gunn that we have here in
simple questions soon Mark Nessia/The Runner other people pain, then it Staff Writer Bakersfield.
turned into more controver- Beyond the Veil allowed audience members to ask should be moved. “A lot of people don’t know
sial topics. Some of the top- questions to a panel of Islamic women. The questions Another controversial Each year, children across about it yet.”
ics that were talked about ranged from women’s rights to honor killings. topic was about the hate Kern County play organized “It is currently the only pro-
were women’s rights in the how she was hurting just as died that day. My pain is no killings going on all over sports to the sounds of their gram in all of Kern County
Muslim community, mar- much as the rest of less because she’s gone the world in the name of families cheering them on that offers these kinds of
riage, conversion, hate America. than anyone else’s whose Islam. All of the Muslim from the stands. They get to experiences for children with
killing, cultural issues “That day was one of the father or brother was on women who were speaking feel the exhilaration of scor- special needs,” said senior
around the world, and – worst days of our lives as ground zero that day. at the event showed their ing a basket or running over physical education and kine-
perhaps the most controver- Americans,” said Zuberi. “To me, they are just as concern but also wanted to home plate. siology major Faith Perry.
sial – the attack on the “It didn’t just affect those horrendous as they are to set the record straight. Some kids never have this “League of Dreams offers
World Trade Center. 3,000 people that died. One you.” Fauzia Shah, the first opportunity. basketball in the fall and
When members of the of my best friends from col- Zuberi also gave her opin- woman to speak, told the The League of Dreams is baseball in the spring,” she
audience asked questions lege was in that plane. She ion on the controversial audience what the Muslim working to change that. said.
regarding the attack of was Muslim, her husband topic of the mosque that religion thinks of murder. Founded by Tim Terrio, CEO With baseball season begin-
9/11, Hena Zuberi was Muslim, she was preg- was supposed to be built “Killing is not allowed in of Terrio Therapy-Fitness, ning March 13, the League is
expressed to the audience nant with a baby, and she near ground zero. [See VEIL, Page 4] this non-profit organization looking for volunteers and
provides opportunities for sponsors. They are also
participation in organized hosting a charity gala on
PRSSA Campus Images
sports leagues to disabled
children and their families.
March 19 at Garces
Memorial High School to
“From the most severely raise money to finish their
holds impaired children to those
that are higher functioning,
for all of these kids, for just a Field at Fruitvale-Norris
fundraiser few hours, they are no longer
disabled but are members of
Tickets for the gala are
By Eloy Vieyra a team,” writes Terrio on the available now for $200 by
Staff Writer League website. calling 377-1700 or by e-
According to Nathan mailing info@ourleagueof-
The Public Relations Student Gutierrez, coordinator of the dreams.com.
Society of America club of organization: “The League Kids in the League are
CSUB held an event at Hour of Dreams is a very unique assisted by “angels,” volun-
Glass on Feb. 22. The purpose program. I think it’s the teers who help them on th
of the event was for PRSSA to most unique sports program [See LEAGUE, Page 4]
recruit more members and also
raise money. Fifteen percent of
the profits for the night were
donated to the club. The special
night included drink specials Baseball improves to
and cheap tacos. 5-2 after sweep of the
The event wasn’t only for
PRSSA to raise funds, but also
Washington. Page 8
for the CSUB community to Brady Cabe/The Runner
interact with the club Students hold signs in protest to the rising price of education. More photos on
[See PRSSA, Page 4] Page 6
Inside This Issue:
Seven-day Opinion ...............Page 2, 3
weather News .......................Page 4
forecast Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Entertainment ........Page 5
According to Hi: 67 Hi: 65 Hi: 66 Hi: 69 Hi: 63 Hi: 61 Hi: 62 Mark Nessia/
Photos ....................Page 6
weather.com Lo: 49 Lo: 44 Lo: 45 Lo: 47 Lo: 46 Lo: 39 Lo: 39 The Runner Sports .................Page 7, 8
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2 Opinions March 2, 2011
R U N N E R O N T HE S T R E E T
By Brady Cabe, Staff Photographer, and Derek Bato, Web & Opinions Editor
This week, The Runner asked, “Who is your idol? Why?”
Trae Gilmartin Megan Black Brian Wheeler Theresa Perezchica
Junior, Sophomore, Freshman, Graduate,
Communications Nursing Chemistry Public
“Batman, he uses “I don’t even know, “Nobody really, I “I don’t have an idol
materials on hand because I don’t idol- don’t focus on trying because I think you
to accomplish ize anybody. It’s not to imitate anyone can learn a lot from
miraculous feats.” something I’ve ever else.” everybody not just
done.” one person.”
Volume XXXVI, Issue 15
California State University,
9001 Stockdale Hwy.
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099
Racella De Guia
OPINIONS & WEB EDITOR
Derek Bato False idols and unimportant people
By Baleria Aguirre anything else to watch but shows on television about the Kardashians,’ for exam- tions and work hard to get
Taylor Gombos Staff writer the truth is I don’t even celebrity figures’ lives: ple, who are they what to what pop stars are wearing,
email@example.com know where half of the peo- “Keeping Up with the they do. They only got fame but it is much easier for
It seems that all students do ple in the shows come from. Kardashians,” “Holly's because of their reality them to obtain what they
is read magazines or watch It’s as if normal people just World,” “Khloe and show; if it weren’t for their have; they have the money
reality shows. They look up decide one day to make a Kourtney Take Miami” and reality show they would be to easily buy what they need.
to them and use their phras- reality show and then all of a “The Hills” to name a few. nobodies. People give them So-called reality TV
ADVISER/ADVERTISING es or actions. For example, sudden they become There is no point to watch- fame by watching their tele- celebrities would be no one
John Emig “T-Shirt time” became a known.” ing television shows it’s vision shows.” if it weren’t for all the peo-
popular phrase among Students are watching obvious that what we see is A lot of people today try ple who keep watching their
young people due to reality “Jersey Shore,” and a lot of acted and has to get attention and be what they are not. shows. Reality TV actors are
Adriana Vega, Alexander shows. reality TV episodes. Elva to have good ratings for the They see pop stars and try normal people like everyone
Helland, Anne Stephens, Baleria People nowadays look up Ayon, a senior, said, “Every show. In order to stay on the and be like them by dressing else who just get their fame
Aguirre, Brian Farinas, Brady
Cabe, Chris Davis, Christina
to so-called reality TV Thursday night I find myself air, they need to act out what up and trying to have what from being seen on a reality
Ramos, D’anna Stewart, Dara
celebrities; they see and like watching ‘Jersey Shore.’ people want to see. they have. They need to show acting to the public’s
Gholston, Eloy Vieyra, the fame and money and The show is so addicting I Stephanie Ortiz, a junior, understand that they went a desires.
Emmanuel Price, Grace Vega, want to be like them. can’t miss an episode with mentions, “I don’t like long way to get what they
Jesus Cardenas, Meagan Cook, Brianda Martinez, a fresh- all the crazy stuff the girls watching those realities have now and have power
Onesimo Miranda, Pablo
Hernandez, Parker Camargo,
man, said, “I watch those and guys in the house do.” shows, I find them boring and money.
Reina Santa, Reynaldo Juban,
shows when I don’t have There are many reality and fake. ‘Keeping Up with It is good to have expecta-
Rogelio Alvarado, Sara Gunn,
Soo Yean Lee, Stephanie CSUB ain’t got no soul
Mahinan, Steven Gaede, Victor The Dispatch
Maldonado, Zachary Gonzalez By Rogelio Alvarado Where is Rowdy, the ASI lacks energy and charisma.
ABOUT Staff Writer members and the countless This should be a campus
The Runner is a laboratory news- Spring safety tips
paper published weekly, in con-
clubs involved in the com- that can distinguish itself
junction with the Department of
Please join me on the walk munity? Have you ever from the rest of them with
Communications at California
By Justin Gildner, windows down on a nice across a lonely, boring and thought about who is activities and events.
State University, Bakersfield. Sergeant day is enjoyable, having silent place where human responsible for this prob- Certainly there are dances
The Runner believes all advertis- CSUB Police Department the window to your dorm existence is rare. This lem? No fingers are being like this past homecoming
ing to be correct but cannot sounds like an invitation to pointed at anybody – it is a dance, basketball games like
guarantee its accuracy or be
or office can also be per-
responsible for its outcome.
As spring approaches and fect this time of year. Just the desert, right? matter of knowing the pas- CSUB versus Fresno State
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR the weather begins to remember when you are No, actually it is the atmos- sion and contribution these and talent shows at
Letters to the Editor are encour- change, so do the ways we preparing to leave, close phere that the campus life on groups can demonstrate. Wahoo’s, but the point is
aged; however, they must be CSUB has! Luis Ayala, a freshman and that students do not think
signed and verified to be consid-
go about our day to day and lock your doors and
On a daily basis all the history major, said, “When I about attending due to disin-
ered for publication and should
business here at CSUB. windows.
be no more than 300 words in The better weather invites - Keep the volume down sounds heard are mainly of was in high school it was terest.
length. All letters may be edited us to get out and be active. on the iPod! The warmer birds chirping and cars driv- more fun when teachers Melanie Blake, a junior
for clarity and length. ing around. It seems like this talked about college – it and sociology major, said: “I
But the changing weather weather may even make
school has no soul. It is sup- seemed like paradise, but really make an effort to go
Views and opinions expressed in
should not be an excuse for you want to get outside and
posed to be fun and comfort- here at Cal State it really to all the activities that take
the Runner are not necessarily letting your guard down go for a run. When running
those of the editors, staff or the
able, but at the same time feels like a cemetery.” place but they get dull after
and providing criminals alone at night, please
Department of Communications.
about class and study time. With all due respect it is half an hour of being there. I
easy access to your belong- remember to run on well lit
Each quarter’s student staff Do not get me wrong, there understandable that many am starting to not go and
ings! paths. Please keep the vol- are fund-raisers, protests, students have to go to class just spend time doing home-
choices, with advice only from - Remember your car ume low on your iPod and sports games, but not and then to work, or have work or playing poker.”
the adviser. Writing, editing and windows! When you are while you are running day
photo/story selection are all
everyone goes to them. If a back-to-back classes, which I believe one of the many
driving to campus on one or night. Louder volumes
made by student editors.
protest takes place there are does not leave them time to problems is that increasing
The staff of the Runner reserves
of the nice weather days can prevent you from hear- not many students to support participate when activities tuition affects everyone with
the right to refuse or omit any with your windows rolled ing other people or oncom- the event to grab enough take place on campus. a big impact economically.
advertising or material which down instead of the A/C, ing traffic from behind. attention and make an Friday is the most aban- Knowing that tuition is so
advocates illegal activity, which remember to roll them impact. doned day of the whole high, students begin to build
many be considered libelous, irre-
sponsible or tasteless. The
back before you head to Whatever the season, we Individuals need to take a week – it feels like a holiday up negative thoughts and
Runner does not accept inserts or
class. Having open win- here at the CSUB Police break and enjoy their day. when there are no classes – feelings toward their educa-
tobacco-related advertising. dows on your vehicle is an Department want to remind This university is an excel- and on Mondays, everyone tion. For now we shall let
COPYRIGHT open invitation for crimi- you to be safe and report lent place to study, but there is half asleep in class. the silence continue,
Copyright belongs to the nals to grab and go! any and all suspicious needs to be more activities So is CSUB a place for stu- because the only chance of
Department of Communications - Remember your every day to lighten up the dents who just do not care at revival is the spring time
at California State University,
dorm/office windows! Just atmosphere into a thrilling all? that brings back sunshine,
as driving with your car Be Safe. one with loud music, free The answer is no! CSUB is liveliness and positive atti-
food and socialization. a great university, but it tudes to CSUB.
March 2, 2011 Opinions 3
The not-so-miserable Bakersfield
By Zachary Gonzalez area provides. walls of the San Joaquin Valley. school out of town. birthplace. Regardless, these farm-
Staff Writer Briana Munoz-Flores, who was Sure, there are quality post-high "I have no regrets; it was an eye- town roots have not produced a
born in Bakersfield, said her family school establishments such as opener to see the way people are so miserable life in myself. If any-
Bakersfield is miserable, but not two generations before her moved Bakersfield College, and our home nice and helpful here," she said. thing, Bakersfield's "miserable"
that miserable. to Bakersfield for the promise of Cal State, Bakersfield, but the like- "Yes, I made my kids go to college qualities have inspired me to best
Forbes Magazine, a nationally working on farms. lihood of leaving a town like away, but they love coming home, that I can be.
recognized and heavily referenced "It is a farmer’s town, both with Bakersfield post-college is slim. and one stayed." As for education, I received my
publication, recently ranked farm workers and farm owners," Bakersfield, and the colleges it pro- Munoz-Flores said the people of high school diploma. I am in col-
Bakersfield No. 20 on a list of she said. "My family did not duces, is a self-sustaining ecosys- Bakersfield are rich in pride and lege.
America's top 20 most miserable receive formal education because tem. The majority of college gradu- tradition. This, she believes, is a I do not believe receiving your
cities. Its reasoning: poor educa- they had to work in the fields to ates who attend college in positive attribute to the overall atti- higher education in Bakersfield is a
tion. Whilst some might say this provide income for themselves and Bakersfield do not leave the city tude of Bakersfield. Munoz-Flores, bad idea. College is a case-by-case
reason is a problem, it does not food for the rest of the country." because their earned education who comes from a Hispanic family, situation. Depending on the person,
seem to match up to the other cities Munoz-Flores graduated from allows them to work comfortably in said the mix of cultures is some- some schools are good and some
ranked on the list who have terrible East Bakersfield High School and this city. Those who leave, though, thing that has taught Bakersfield's are not. I attend CSUB because,
crime rates and almost unlivable currently attends University of quickly learn that more opportuni- citizens to accept one another. like many others, I financially
poverty circumstances. California, Los Angeles where she ties are available elsewhere. "We [Latino citizens] take a lot of could not start elsewhere. I do have
The aforementioned publication is studying music. When she was a Looking away from Forbes' edu- pride in our Latino heritage and aspirations that can only be attained
says that 15 percent of child, her father moved her and the cation statistics, Bakersfield has a flaunt it every chance we get," she outside of Bakersfield, and do plan
Bakersfield's residents hold a col- rest of their family to Santa lot of positive qualities that are said. "We reflect the mixture of the to act accordingly. But getting my
lege degree and 70 percent have a Barbara, so that he could attain his often overlooked nationally. As farm workers within our city. start here is a comfortable way to
high school diploma. Both of these college degree. Once he graduated mentioned, Bakersfield produces a People from Bakersfield tend to prepare myself for an educational
statistics rank more than 10 percent University of California, Santa lot of agriculture. But aside from have a wider understanding of dif- future.
lower than the country's average of Barbara, the family moved back to that, Bakersfield is rich in its own ferent classes and how different And seeing as our colleges are
28 percent with a college degree Bakersfield. Munoz-Flores said culture and pride. The city is also a people live." filled to capacity and growing
and 85 percent with a high school this is a rarity and believes this hot spot for those looking to raise a As a person who has lived in immensely, I believe these institu-
diploma, according to Forbes. could skew education statistics for family in a city with a small-town Bakersfield from birth, I can say tions will continue to provide a
These numbers may shock the this area. feel. this city does not provide the fun quality education to those who
majority of the United States. "People that go to college outside JoAnne Brinkley moved her fam- activities of a bigger city. I hold the attend them. No, they will not be
Taking into consideration of Bakersfield usually don’t come ily to Bakersfield from Tulare opinion that this city has a tenden- able to give the opportunities and
Bakersfield's location, though, back; don’t plan to stay in County. She said she was shocked cy to be ignorant to the rest of the experiences of schools in Los
these numbers do not surprise the Bakersfield," she said. "I do not to realize the city was far more world. I can attest to the terrible Angeles, New York or other more
city’s population. The city is locat- plan to move back not because I impressive when it came to summer weather. I believe this city influential areas of the country, but
ed in the middle of one of the most don’t love it (Bakersfield) but sim- schools, shopping and family liv- does not provide the opportunities they will provide an education
prosperous agricultural areas in the ply because my career aspirations ing. Since living in Bakersfield, and resources necessary to reach nonetheless. The statistics will
United States. For this reason (in the music industry) take me Brinkley has raised a family of col- my own life goals. I cannot believe, soon change, and hey -- at least
alone, many do not come to this elsewhere." lege graduates. She, though, saw though, that Bakersfield is one of Bakersfield isn't the first on Forbes'
area of California for the educa- Bakersfield is not the place to be the opportunities outside of the city America's worst. Perhaps this is the miserable list.
tional benefits, but for the work this if you wish to excel outside the and made sure her kids went to little ounce of pride I have in my
Letter to the Editor
The Dispatch Vehicle vandalized
What is suspicious behavior? My car recently got vandalized in Parking Lot E. This
happened on Wednesday, Feb. 24, anywhere from 6 p.m. to
By Justin Gildner, Sergeant
8:40 p.m. As a result I have to pay my deductible for my
CSUB Police Department - People abandoning parcels or other items in unusual insurance, which is not cheap.
locations (i.e. in the lobby or in the elevator). I would appreciate any information from anyone that
Community members are encouraged to report suspicious might have seen this happen. I encourage you to call the
behavior. Sometimes, a person may not know what consti- When reporting suspicious behavior or circumstances to campus police with any information at 654-2111.
tutes suspicious behavior. A general rule of thumb is that UPD Dispatch (x2111) include as much of the following I really encourage a program where we come forward
anyone who acts unusual or anything that is out of the information as possible: with any suspicious activity, that way everyone watches
ordinary should be considered suspicious. Examples of out for everyone and this becomes a safer campus.
suspicious behavior/activity include: - WHO? Identify yourself. Describe who you feel is
- Unusual noises, including screaming, sounds of fighting, involved in suspicious activity. - A student
or illegal activity;
- WHAT? Describe the suspicious activity. Indicate if there
is an immediate threat to persons nearby or to responding
- People in and/or around buildings or areas who do not officers (such as the presence of weapons, hazardous mate-
appear to be conducting legitimate business; rials, etc.)?
- WHEN? Indicate if the activity is in progress. Give the
- Unauthorized people in restricted areas; time(s) that the activities occurred.
- WHERE? Give your location, the location of the suspi-
- People who follow immediately behind others into card-
cious activity, and the location of the suspect(s).
access areas or buildings while the door is open;
- WHY? Indicate why the activity is suspicious to you. If
- People driving vehicles slowly and aimlessly around known, tell what might be the target of the activity.
campus or parking lots and, at night, without their lights
on; - HOW? Describe how the suspicious act(s) were carried
out including methods or techniques.
- People sitting in vehicles for extended periods of time; - Please include any other information that would aid the
- People who change their behavior when they notice that - Weapons?
they have been detected;
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING! It’s
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Beyond the Veil addresses misconceptions and women’s
rights in Islam
[VEIL, from Page 1]
Islam as such of what your
describing ... it is only when
you are attacked is when you
are allowed to defend your-
self,” said Shah.
Another speaker, Halima
Khalid, also spoke regarding
this topic, explaining that
when you see hate killing
going on, it is not a part of
the religion, but instead a
direct result of the culture
that those people are living
in. Mark Nessia/The Runner
Shah added: “How do you Anna Garcia wipes away tears as she talks about her
know if something is cultural conversion to Islam Feb. 23 in the Multi-Purpose Room.
or if it’s religion? You go to
Mark Nessia/The Runner
the source, the Qur’an.” Jesus Padilla, right, expresses his opinions during Beyond the Veil held Feb. 23 in
Many questions that came the Multi-Purpose Room. The event aimed to demystify misconceptions about Islam
from the audience were and women’s rights.
geared toward women’s gious studies and art major, women. wasn’t.”
rights in a marriage, and was at the event as a member “There is a lot of negativity Garcia briefly broke down
whether or not Muslim of the Muslim Student coming from the media, during the event while telling
women were allowed to be Association. She briefly said whether it be newspaper or the audience how she knew
physically abused. what the Qur’an has to say TV. ... About a year after when it was the right
Khalid explained that a man about women’s rights in the 9/11 happened, all I knew moment for her to convert.
is never allowed to beat his Muslim religion. about Islam was that it was “She (her teacher) said,
Mark Nessia/The Runner
wife and there is also an “We want to show every- negative, it was bad, it was when you die no one is going The panel consisted of five Muslim women of different
emphasis on affection and body what the religion really hatred, it was fear, it was vio- with you. Not your family, backgrounds, experiences and ethnicities. Each
love regarding marriage says about Muslim women, lence. That’s all I knew not your friends. All the stuff panelist answered a question about Islam as well as
found in the Qur’an. So if because in Islam women and because that’s all the TV was that was holding me back, questions from audience members.
there are problems in the men have equal rights. There telling me,’ said Garcia. they’re not going with me get away from the stigma insightful.”
marriage, the couples are not the same rights but they Garcia also expressed to the when I die. I’ll be judged placed upon the Muslim peo- Wendy Hale, a junior polit-
supposed to talk about the are equal rights and we want audience the challenges of alone and that scared me ple,” said Padilla. ical science major, said how
issues rather than turn to to show what their rights are. converting to the Muslim because the only thing hold- “Especially the women she felt about the event.
physical fights. The men, they do have that religion when coming from a ing me back was my family. because they have this whole “It got a little controversial.
“A man does not have the higher power, but it doesn’t Hispanic background. So I converted that night and connotation that their It’s good to just get a general
right to beat his wife. The mean he can treat the women “For a long time I was it was the best thing I could oppressed, or belittled. understanding of Islam,
rules of Islam are, when you badly,” said Alshaif. scared because here I come have done for myself.” “They want to let people because there’s so much neg-
have problems with your One of the speakers, Anna from a Mexican Catholic Jesus Padilla, a postgradu- know that they’re like nor- ativity in the media with the
wife first you have to talk to Garcia, was a previous family, and I didn’t know ate student gave his opinion mal women, and they have way Islam treats women. But
her: you have to remind her Catholic who later converted what they were going to say about the event. equal rights. But it got just a I think the most important
of God, you have to talk to to Muslim. She first or how they were going to “I liked it, but it just got too little too political. I think as a point to take away from this
her nicely,” said Khalid. addressed how the media has look at me. What I originally deep into 9/11 and I think the whole they presented them- was that you have to separate
Paris Alshaif, a senior reli- now portrayed Muslim thought the religion was, it whole thing was for them to selves well ... it was very culture from Islam.”
Taco Tuesday fundraiser first of
many events for PRSSA
[PRSSA, from Page 1] public relation officials. The club also pro-
and have a good time. The fundraiser is the motes networking and encourages others to
first of many upcoming events for PRSSA. reach out and create relationships that
PRSSA president Eddie Gonzalez said, could possibly help with careers in the
“We hope to invite the CSUB community future. Marc Johns, a CSUB student and
to future events we want to host on campus PRSSA member, commented on his experi-
in the spring, including the public relations
panel planned for early May.”
ences with PRSSA: “I have met so many
new people through participating in
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PRSSA membership is open to any CSUB PRSSA events. These types of events can
students from any major. Gonzalez encour- help people connect with others outside of
ages those who are interested to come to
their meetings that are held on Mondays at
The main focus of the event was all about
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4 p.m. in Science III room 213. networking. According to PRSSA, net-
The club’s Taco Tuesday event began at 4 working with the right people can make or
p.m. and ran until closing. The turnout was break someone’s career. The ability to cre-
small, but those who attended the event ate these positive relationships is essential
benefited from the drink specials and the for those who choose careers that depend
$2 tacos. PRSSA wanted people to come on interacting with others.
out and take some time out of school to Gonzalez asks students to help support the
relax and have a fun night. Taco Tuesday PRSSA chapter in the future. The chapter
wasn’t only for having fun, but also for stu- hopes to put together a concert and raise
dents and faculty to meet outside of class funds for a non-profit organization. Keep
and network with others they might not be an eye out for fliers about all the upcoming
able to speak with during school hours. events; PRSSA can also be found on
PRSSA stresses the importance of net- Facebook.
working. Creating relationships is vital for
CSUB student-athletes help give the
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[LEAGUE, from Page 1] involvement,” he said. “I have a parent
field with anything they may need from committee that helps me and they give me
movement to batting to pitching and their thoughts and ideas as to how we can
catching. Perry is one such volunteer. improve the League.”
“CSUB has some student athletes volun- While they are not the first such organi-
teering as angels. Not only do I think the zation in Bakersfield, the League enjoys
athletes will have a huge impact on the better community involvement and
children’s lives by helping to give them longevity than many who have previously
an opportunity to be the star, but I also attempted to provide alternative sports
believe when the athletes help these chil- leagues.
dren they too will be inspired,” Perry “We are currently about to start the fifth
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March 2, 2011 Entertainment 5
Bette and Boo’s twisted marriage
By Christina Ramos ing parents only to drop it on the and then she’ll dwell on it even I’m not too sure what the theme difficult to figure out what time
Staff Writer floor and reply “It’s dead.” Or after she has been forgiven multi- of the play is or what exactly the period of the story we were in
when a woman wishes she could ple times. Also one of the married meaning behind it was. Perhaps because it would jump around a
“The Marriage of Bette and have 100 dead babies to shove women, Soot, was oblivious of the moral of the play was to “be lot.
Boo” was performed in the Doré down her husband’s throat to shut her husband’s mental abuse most thankful for what you have” Although the play was difficult
Arena Theatre multiple times this him up. Other strange aspects of the time; she just chalked it up because Bette is always talking to understand the actors and
past weekend. A small ensemble included “furniture” that was to him “teasing” her. The two about having lots of children. She actresses all did their part in put-
made up the cast that performed shaped like a sperm and egg. I’m main characters Bette and Boo has one son first and then ends up ting on a great show. The doctor
the play in a small, intimate set- not too sure I understand why it got married just because it giving birth to four stillborn. The and Paul were my favorite charac-
ting with no set or costume had to look like that and I thought seemed right to; they weren’t woman kept trying and trying ters even though they only spoke
changes. I just had a dirty mind but clearly even in love really. In fact the even though her babies were or appeared a few times. Because,
I’ve seen a lot of plays before that was the intent. This play was only character who actually dropping dead left and right, and call me a sadist if you must, but
but this one has got to be one of very bizarre because all of the appeared normal to me was her son who was alive was being that doctor coming out and beck-
the strangest. It was filled with characters had deep-pitted issues. Bette’s father, Paul, whom the neglected. I don’t know maybe I oning the father over only to
dark humor; such as when a rather Such as the youngest girl in the audience couldn’t understand just didn’t read into the play hard shake the dead baby by his ear
uncaring doctor walks out ever so play Emily, who apologizes for because it seems he had suffered a enough but the “start-and-stop” and say, “It’s dead,” then drop it
slowly to deliver a baby to wait- things that aren’t even her fault stroke. style of the play made it rather on the floor is just too funny.
Rhythm, rhyme and poetry
By Rhianna Taylor expressed it well: “Is she ence members were respect- scheduled to go from 6:30
Managing Editor Arab? Is she Indian? Really fully quiet during presenta- p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and by
what’s the difference, any- tions, applauding after every 6:45 so many people had
Wahoo’s saw a packed way? Many have asked, poet, and were very encour- shown up that it was stand-
house for CSUB’s first ever many have wondered, but aging. ing room only. Halfway
Poetry Slam on Monday what difference would the For example, when one through the show, students
night. answer make? Blood, flesh student was reciting a poem were asked to only read one
Students of various styles and bones, a body holding from memory and faltered a poem because there was
and skill levels were encour- my soul, never tame but few times, many audience such a full roster.
aged to sign up and read well in control.” members gave applause and Co-hosts Angelo Lapuz and
poetry that they or others She got a round of cheered him on as he started Akadius Asby were excited
had written. All topics were applause – or rather, snaps – over. to see such a large turnout.
allowed; poets were not cen- when she finished. She said Poetry Slam was presented Lapuz, who is a senior busi-
sored from using explicit that she has done open mics by the Student Union and ness major and acting pro-
language or talking about before and was happy that co-sponsored by Student gram manager for the
sex, violence, politics or CSUB was finally hosting Involvement and Student Union, said he had
race. Many works expressed one. Leadership. As the hosts no regrets about the event,
the positive and negative “It’s been really awe- announced at the start of the “I didn’t expect it to be this
feelings associated with some,” she said. “I’m really event, it also featured CSUB packed,” he said.
love and relationships. glad they put this together. Housing and the Omega Psi With the high level of par-
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Anysa Saleh, a senior Students don’t usually have Phi fraternity, the latter of ticipation in mind, Lapuz
Junior English major James Penarejo reads "The
Princess and the Jokers and Jesters," a poem he wrote
majoring in psychology and things to look forward to – himself, during Poetry Slam Feb. 28 at Wahoo's. which had members cheer- added that the Student
art, read her original poem or at least anything cre- of the lights except for the replace them with electric ing and hollering at the Union will definitely plan
about her frustrations with ative.” ones surrounding the stage, candles, and brought in mention of their name. The on having another Poetry
people’s ignorance about To set the mood for the put on music to play additional seating. first 50 students to show Slam next quarter.
her ethnicity. evening, students turned off between readers, pushed The atmosphere in the were offered free tacos from
A few lines of her poem the televisions, dimmed all aside table condiments to room was relaxed as audi- Wahoo’s. The event was
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Students storm CSUB to
protest rising tuition costs
and budget cuts
Information courtesy of bakersfieldnow.com
On Feb. 23 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. CSUB students gathered
outside the Student Union to protest cuts to the CSU and uni-
versity schools. According to bakersfieldnow.com, students
stated that their reason for holding the protest was to make
people aware of how the state budget cuts will affect education
and talk about “what they consider the declining quality of
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Students protest fee increases at a rally held on
CSUB’s campus Feb. 23.
Brady Cabe/The Runner
CSUB President Horace Mitchell looks on as CSUB students protest his salary hikes and our increases in
tuition over time.
Beyond the Veil comes to CSUB to set the record straight about society’s
view of the world of Islam and Islamic traditions
Taylor Gombos/The Runner
Hena Zuberi answers a question from an audience member during
Beyond The Veil Feb 23.
Taylor Gombos/The Runner
Anna Garcia gets emotional while explaining how she converted to Islam.
Mark Nessia/The Runner
Hena Zuberi answers a question regarding Islam.
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A standing-room-only crowd gathers in the Student Union Multi-Purpose room to
listen to the panel speak about Islam.
March 2, 2011 Sports 7
’Runners lose on senior night
Photos by Taylor Gombos/The Runner
Left: Senior guard Donavan Bragg puts up a shot against Seattle University Feb .26.
Center: Senior center Cory Brown walks with his parents to center court before his last home game as a ’Runner.
Right: Junior Rashad Savage goes up for a layup against Seattle University.
By Steven Gaede and had good tempo and good presence defensively,” coach The Hawks came into the second half up by nine and they
Staff Writer Keith Brown said. would fall one point short of tripling this lead at one point
Despite a valiant performance by Bragg, he could not get during the half. Johnson could not get into a rhythm the sec-
The CSUB men’s basketball team got dismantled on senior the win for the ‘Runners on senior night. Bragg went 6-for- ond half; he went 1 of 5 from behind the line; his field goal
night by the Seattle Red Hawks 73-54 on Feb. 26, at 17 on the night and managed to lead the ‘Runners in total percentage on the night was 25 percent. CSUB was able to
Rabobank Arena. points scored. He tallied 17 points by the end of the night and score the first points of the half thanks to a layup by fresh-
Saturday night’s game at the Rabobank Arena marked a managed to come up with four rebounds and two assists in man guard Ivan Matip, but CSUB’s deficit would only grow
three-game home losing streak, the second largest attendance his 35 minutes of playtime. Senior center Cory Brown did over time.
(2579) at the Rabobank Arena this year, and the last time the not have a ton of points, but he chipped in on the ‘Runners Seattle reached its largest lead of the night (26) when soph-
‘Runners will set foot on the Rabobank court; they are mov- ball movement and he was able to convert on his only shot of omore forward Chad Rasmussen converted on a 3-pointer at
ing back to the Icardo Center for their next season. the night for three points. 4:59. CSUB ended the night by going on a 9-2 run, but it was
CSUB won the opening tip, but the Red Hawks were able “It was a good crowd; unfortunately, we did not hold up our too late.
to get a layup for the first points of the night. Senior guard end of the bargain and finish off strong,” said Bragg. Rasmussen was clearly the best player on the court Saturday
Donavan Bragg responded shortly after by sinking the first 3- Neither team could seem to get the ball to go down the first night. He led the game with 24 points in his 33 minutes on
pointer on the night. half - there were 44 total rebounds. Bragg led CSUB in total the court; he went 8-for-10 from 3-point range. Senior for-
The ‘Runners played well the first nine minutes, but they points the first half with seven points. Returning junior guard ward Alex Jones contributed to Seattle’s attack by scoring 12
were not able to keep up the intensity throughout the whole Alex Johnson could not get into his groove the first half; he points and by coming up with nine rebounds.
game. CSUB’s largest lead of the night was nine, and it came went 0-for-4 from 3-point range. As a team, the ‘Runners With the loss, CSUB’s record is now 10-17 and Seattle’s
off of a layup by junior forward Rashad Savage at the 14:08 shot 25 percent during the opening half, while the Hawks record improves to 12-17. The loss also brings CSUB’s los-
mark during the first half. The Hawks were able to reacquire shot 33.3 percent. ing streak up to six.
the lead by going on a 19-5 run in the final 11:42 of the first “We just got a little stagnant offensively, we did not have a “It has been a rough stretch,” Brown said.
half. whole lot of ball movement or people movement,” Cory CSUB will play Gonzaga University on Feb. 28 and then
“Disappointing. We started out well. We made some shots Brown said regarding the last 11 minutes of the first half. play Boise State on Mar. 2 to end the season.
In photos: CSUB sports
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Clockwise from top left: Freshman
Tyonna Outland drives past a
Donavan Bragg shoots on senior night
against Seattle University.
Junior catcher Jeremy Rodriguez
reacts as he steps on home plate to
give the ’Runners the lead over
Washington State Feb. 18 at Hardt
CSUB's Tyonna Outland (44) goes up
for a shot against SIU-Edwardsville's
Allyssa Decker Feb. 26 in the Icardo
The men’s baseball team looks on to
support their teammates against
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8 Sports March 2, 2011
Manny Beltran/The Runner Mark Nessia/The Runner Brady Cabe/The Runner
Left: Freshman shortstop Oscar Sanay tags out Washington State’s Cody Bartlett.
Center: University of Washington's Spencer Rogers, left, gets hit with the ball while diving back to second base as shortstop Tyler Shryock awaits the throw.
Right: Junior Mick Gaston slides home during CSUB’s victory over San Francisco University.
Baseball wins four straight, improves to 5-2
By Manny Beltran Mick Gaston. Then in the Oscar Sanay and Gaston. final two batters to end the enth and eighth to put the home run blast by Gaston
Sports Editor bottom of the third the From that point Montoya series against Washington game out of reach. From that that opened up the flood
’Runners added three more kept the Huskies scoreless with as sweep. point it was up to the reliev- gates. Catcher Jeremy
After a slow start to the sea- runs to pad their lead to 5-1 through six innings as the “Today was a challenge for ers to make sure that there Rodriguez and Sanay had
son, the CSUB baseball team after the Huskies scored a ’Runners piled on eight more us especially against a Pac- wouldn’t be any USF come- RBIs in the inning as well as
improved to 5-2. run in the top of the third. runs. 10 team. To get a sweep back. Gaston as he saw his second
The ’Runners have a four- The Huskies came back to It was more of the same to against them is big for our “The bullpen really shut the at bat in the inning. Legg
game win streak after defeat- pull within one run after six start the third game for the program. Mike pitched a hell door today; I threw up five also homered in the inning.
ing the University of San innings. In the top of the ’Runners as senior pitcher of a game and I let the team zeros and the bullpen came Washington State kept chip-
Francisco and sweeping a eighth, with runners on first Mike McCarthy pitched six down a little bit and that’s in and got the job done,” said ping away at the CSUB lead
three-game series against the and second and one out, the strong innings and left with my fault, but I tightened it up Van Dam. and was down 11-10 in the
University of Washington. Huskies looked to tie or take the ’Runners up 4-0. In the and got the win,” said The ’Runners opened the ninth but Medina came in
The three-game sweep of the lead, but Hoenshell got seventh inning Medina took Medina. season with a three-game and was able to get the save
the Huskies seemed to put all out of trouble by getting the over on the mound but found The victory over USF is the series against Washington after striking out two in the
the components together for next batter to fly out and get- himself in trouble giving up first win against them in four State on Feb. 18. Washington ninth.
the ’Runners. Dominant ting a strikeout to end the two earned runs and two tries. CSUB had lost the pre- State took two of the three In the last game of the
pitching and big hits were Washington threat. unearned off an error by vious three meetings against games against CSUB, but all series Washington State took
the reason the ’Runners Junior Martin Medina third baseman DC Legg. them including two last sea- were close contests. a 4-3 victory over the
outscored Washington 23-9 moved from first base to the In the bottom of the seventh son by the scores of 2-0 and In the first game Hoenshell ’Runners. A three-run fourth
combined in all three games. pitching mound to close out Medina helped his own 3-0, but this year’s team took the 4-2 loss as he gave inning put CSUB up 3-1, but
CSUB opened up the three- Washington in the ninth cause by hitting a single that looked to change things. up just eight hits and three it wasn’t enough as
game series Feb. 25 on Hardt inning. would bring in Kevin Junior pitcher Brandon Van runs in eight innings pitched, Washington State scored
Field and sent junior college Junior lefthander Jonathan Younger to regain the lead. A Dam pitched five solid but the CSUB bats couldn’t three runs of their own in the
transfer Tommy Hoenshell to Montoya pitched a complete sacrifice fly by Sanay added innings allowing just four convert as they left seven top of the seventh inning to
the mound. The ’Runners game in the second meeting another run in the inning to hits and no runs as took a 2- runners on base. take a 4-3 lead. The score
took an early 2-0 lead to the of the series and allowed just give the ’Runners a 6-4 0 lead into the sixth. The CSUB bats came to life stayed that way as
bottom of the second inning four hits in the 11-1 victory. advantage. An RBI by USF scored a run in the top in the second game of the Letourneau grounded into a
when freshman Tyler CSUB came out swinging Andrew Letourneau put of the sixth before the series as the ’Runners posted double play to end the game
Shryock hit a double that the first inning, scoring three CSUB up 7-4 and Medina ’Runners added four more eight runs in the bottom of in the ninth inning.
brought in DC Legg and runs with RBIs by Medina, was able to strike out the runs in the bottom of the sev- the second started off by a
’Runners crush Matadors in annual ‘Pink Zone’ game
By Chris Davis
The CSUB women’s basketball team did their part on
Wednesday night to combat breast cancer with the annual
“Pink Zone” game; in the process, they eradicated the
Matadors from Cal State Northridge 71-46.
The game was personal for at least one ’Runner – junior
Kristine Herman has had breast cancer hit her family twice.
“This game really meant a lot to me because both of my
grandmas have suffered from breast cancer,” said Herman
after the game. “So I came into the game thinking about
them. I’m glad we had a game to help to both support and
help the fight for breast cancer.”
Sophomore Amber Williams echoed those same thoughts.
“We loved the fact that we were able to support all of the
women that had survived breast cancer,” she said.
Each starter from both teams was introduced and then
escorted a breast cancer survivor to center court where pic-
tures were taken prior to the game.
As far as the game is concerned, the ’Runners (17-11)
scored the first three points on a Nikki Leon bomb. But then
Northridge went on a 13-6 run over the next 11 minutes to
take their largest lead at 13-9 with 8:39 remaining in the first
half. When it gets to this time in the season – the ’Runners only
At that point the ’Runners took the game over. have two games left – it is time to start looking at postseason
Over the final eight minutes of the first half, CSUB went on tournaments.
a 26-9 run to take a 35-22 lead at halftime. This win over the Matadors on paper looks like it might be
The second half was the ’Runners putting it in cruise con- hurtful to the team’s chances, after all Northridge is now 4-
trol as they outscored the Matadors by 12. 23. But when you look at the smaller picture, which the
“We generated a lot of our offense off of our defense in the NCAA tournament committee usually does, this was a really
second half,” head coach Tim La Kose said after the game. good win.
“Turnovers were the key.” “They won three of the last four, and they just beat the top
Photos by Mark Nessia/The Runner The win improved the program’s record when holding their
Above: CSUB guard Kristine Herman shoots over team in the Big West,” La Kose said.
opponent under 60 points to 90-0. The team and the nation will find out on March 15, one day
CSUN's Anna Simmons Feb. 23 in the Icardo Center.
“Whenever we hold a team under 60, we’re pretty good,” after the men’s tournament field is announced, if the
Right: CSUB guard Breana Fields drives past CSUN's
Haley White. La Kose said. ’Runners will be in the “big dance” or not.
Male Athlete of the Week Female Athlete of the Week
Freshman second baseman Oscar Sanay Junior right fielder Ashley Nahale went 4 for
went for a combined 6 of 16 with five RBIs 7 with four runs scored in the Roadrunners’
and three runs scored against the first two wins over the season. Nahale went 2
University of San Francisco and University for 3 with one run scored in a 5-3 win over
of Washington. Sanay went 1 for 4 with Idaho state and followed that up with a 2 for
two RBIs in a 6-2 win over USF Feb. 21, 4 outing with three runs scored in a 9-7 win
and went 5 for 12 over the three-game over Weber State. The ’Runners host double-
series against Washington, including a 3 headers against Utah State March 8 and 9,
for 3, two RBI performance in the final with the first pitch set for 1 p.m. both days.
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