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assault stirs fear at SJSU Emergency Alert notifies community, students respond by Danreb Victorio Staff Writer

San Jose resident Frances Hashimoto plays with a combination lock modeled after the ones used in the ancient Middle East at the Tech Museum’s new exhibit

titled “Islamic Science Rediscovered.” The hands on exhibit opened on Saturday and gives the public a chance to see inventions and ideas that were

The San Jose State University Police Department received a report Monday morning from a student saying she had been sexually assaulted between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. According to University Police, the female victim was sitting on a bench near the administration building when the male suspect offered the victim a cigarette and lured her into an alley at the Engineering Building, where the victim was later sexually assaulted. “The victim was able to get away and retreat to a bus where the assailant followed her,” Sgt. Manuel Aguayo, of the UPD, said in a statement. “The victim tried to get help and got off at a VTA stop on Capitol and Snell, and this is where the suspect was last seen.” A press release from UPD describes the suspect as a black male adult, aged between his late 30s and early 40s, approximately

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5-foot-8-inches tall, with upper front buck teeth, crooked lower front teeth and was last seen wearing a blue shirt and black pants. “I thought the description of the suspect was kind of creepy,” said senior kinesiology major Greg Kawabata. “The buck teeth thing was about as specific as it gets, if you ask me.” The press release was followed by a text message notification sent out by Alert-SJSU, a campus emergency communication system that provides information about what to do and where to go during a natural disaster or lifethreatening emergency. “When I got the text, I felt uneasy,” said senior linguistics major Rosa Nguyen. “I don’t live on campus, but I started to be concerned about all my friends that do live on campus.” UPD is investigating whether this incident is connected to two other sexual assaults that were reported this summer. Sgt. Aguayo stated that those with information are urged to contact the UPD or send a tip to San Jose State’s TipNow, a system for users to report suspicious activity using their mobile device.

CSU Board examines presidential selection overhaul by Margaret Baum Staff Writer

The California State University Board of Trustees has created a special committee to recommend changes to the process for electing CSU presidents

and their compensation. The Special Committee on Presidential Selection and Compensation will discuss what could and should be changed regarding the selection process and address the issue of presidential compensation, according to Liz

Chapin, Public Affairs spokeswoman for the California State University Chancellor’s Office. The committee, which was created at the request of Chancellor Charles Reed and Board of Trustees Chairman Herb Carter, is suggesting the changes

to help identify internal candidates within the CSU, Chapin said. “Many presidents are at or nearing retirement age and the policy for selecting candidates hasn’t been amended in 10 years,” said Chapin, “so many new presidents are coming in and it’s

time to make changes.” The California State Student Association, which addresses issues affecting students at the statewide level, will discuss their stance on the issue of

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SJSU has recently had high turnover in the Office of President. Here is a look at the six presidents from the last 10 years: 2000

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Paul Yu (Summer 2004) President

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Jon Whitmore (Aug. 2008 - July 2010) President

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Prominent protester visits SJSU seeking support before trial by Nick Celario Staff Writer

Antiwar and equal rights activist Carlos Montes, who was arrested and charged for illegally carrying a firearm last May, said the the FBI and local sheriff’s department raided his home, confiscated his computer and other personal possessions and arrested him. Montes visited SJSU and spoke to students and faculty on Sept. 1. Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center program manager Maribel Martinez said the center collaborated with the San Jose Peace and Justice Center to bring Montes to SJSU. “They told us that Montes would be here and he wanted to get into contact with students and tell his story and talk about

issues in the community,” Martinez said. Montes said he first got involved in activism as a student at East Lost Angeles College as a member of the Mexican American Student Association. He said that growing up in Los Angeles he saw a lot of political and social problems, such as racism in schools and police abuse, and took it upon himself to try and change them. “Growing up in L.A. I started thinking, ‘This ain’t right,’” Montes said. “People were getting kicked out of high school because they didn’t agree with the teacher.” During the 1960s he became one of the founding members of the Brown Berets, which he said is a militant group that fights against police brutality, racist conditions, war and other social

PRESIDENTS: CSU reviews appointments FROM PRESIDENTS PAGE 1 presidential selection and compensation at their next meetings from Sept. 16 until 18. “We are aware of the committee and monitoring the situation, but haven’t taken a specific stance,” said Miles Nevin, executive director of the California State Student Association. At the second meeting of the committee held on Aug. 24, the members discussed revising the campus visit process and the elimination of a second review panel, according to a press release from the Chancellor’s office. Chapin said that with the current process there has been an issue with the privacy of presidential candidates

injustices and has been involved in fighting against them since. “I made it my mission to fight against unjust wars,” Montes said. He said he had a gun, but it was registered. “It wasn’t about guns,” Montes said. “They interrogated me about movements and antiwar organizations.” Also in attendance was Masao Suzuki, a member of the South Bay Committee Against Political Repression — whose mission is to protest the U.S. government’s attempt to silence and criminalize antiwar activists according to their website. Suzuki said that an FBI agent visited his home and called his personal cell phone on the same day the raids in Chicago and Minneapolis happened. “He tried to ask me ques-

and the new process will give those candidates more privacy. Finalists names are released, but those finalists might not end up being selected, she said. Although, SJSU’s Academic Senate currently doesn’t have any resolutions concerning the issue of the presidential selection process, Beth Von Till, Academic Senate Chairwoman said that there have been some concerns. Von Till said she has gotten word that most people are concerned about the possibility of the lack of campus visits by finalists. The campus visits give an opportunity for students and the community to look at the candidate, said Von Till. “What would it mean if finalists no longer came to campus?” she said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if someone brought this up at the next Academic Senate meeting.” Tomasz Kolodziejak, President of SJSU Associated Students and a member of CSSA was involved in the

tions, but I refused,” said Suzuki. “I just kept saying, ‘I don’t want to talk to you. I don’t want to talk to you.’” He said that on Sept. 24, homes of antiwar activists and the offices of antiwar organizations based in Chicago and Minneapolis were raided, and a total of 23 people from the Midwest were given subpoenas calling them to a grand jury. Suzuki said that these raids are an expansion of repression of antiwar movements. “They’re trying to target antiwar leaders opposed to government policies about wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries,” Suzuki said. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said that it is not uncommon for FBI and the sheriff’s department to work together on cases, but Montes was taken

selection process of President Mohammad Qayoumi, who took office in Aug. 2011. According to Kolodziejak, the Associated Students has no official stance on the topic, but will form a statement after the CSSA meets Sept. 16. “Usually the A.S. president serves on the presidential search advisory committee with the chancellor and trustees,” he said. “Everything is confidential and we can’t discuss it until the entire search is over.” Chapin explained that the board sees this as an opportunity to address the compensation policy — in part because of negative legislative attention surrounding the issue. “It’s an ideal time to look into it,” she said. “The board wants to make recommendations and ease the attention.” The board of trustees’ committee will make recommendations regarding changes to the selection process at their next meeting on Sept. 20 and 21, said Chapin.

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into custody by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and was charged by the state. According to the website of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Montes is scheduled to appear in court on June 16. Montes said that he is charged of six felonies and could do “heavy time.” He said he wanted to come to SJSU and tell his story and explain why the FBI and police are attacking him. SJSU student Ray Pineda said he didn’t know much about Montes, but heard he had been raided by the FBI and wanted to hear what he had to say. “It’s refreshing to see someone who is actively involved in anti-imperialist, antiwar and immigration movements for over 40 years,” Pineda said. “Someone who is being sought after

in a legal battle, but continues to speak to students and continue activism, it’s inspiring.” Luis Xago Juarez is an SJSU professor who teaches Public Address and Chicano Theater. “I do community theater, and all the issues that Montes works toward speak directly to the community work that I do,” Juarez said. He says that activism is not a profession but a calling, and Montes is a living testament because he has a very strong legacy in the Chicano community. Montes said that he does take time for his job and family, but he will continue his involvement in activism as long as his mind and body will allow it. “By using the wealth to benefit the people, we can make this country better economically, politically and socially,” he said.

Microwave mishap summons SJ fire dept. by Margaret Baum Staff Writer

Joe West Hall was evacuated and three San Jose Fire Department fire trucks responded Monday night after the fire alarm went off. According to University Police Department Sgt. Robert Noriega, the fire alarm went off at approximately 8:58 p.m. and smoke was found on the fifth floor. “We came out with a typical structured response,” said Noriega. “The smoke was due to overcooked popcorn in Room 509.” Most students hovering around the building at about 9:20 p.m. didn’t seem to know the reasoning for the alarm going off. The majority of students walking through the area were heading back to their rooms from the Dining Commons unaware of what had happened. Freshman animation major Dominick

Finetti, who lives on the ninth floor of Joe West, said that he could smell the smoke. Finetti said he thought that the smell was coming from above him or under him. “I am glad nothing was burned down,”said Finetti. “We are all adults now. People need to learn how to handle their microwaves.” Finetti said that he thinks that the situation should be checked out before multiple fire trucks are called out. “It’s such a waste,” he said. Another Joe West resident, Kevin Vicente said that he thinks there is a problem with the alarms in the building. “I think the alarms need to be a bit more obvious,” said Vicente, a sophomore civil engineering major who lives on the sixth floor. “I was pretty much sleeping early, and I didn’t realize the alarm had gone off until I heard the firetrucks. By then, everything was practically empty and I was one of the last people out.”

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Yahoo! executive abdicates position McClatchy Tribune Wire Service

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Carol Bartz was ousted by the company’s board Tuesday, bringing an abrupt but not surprising end to a rocky tenure at the struggling Internet search company. Bartz, 62, said in a memo to employees that Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock fired her over the phone. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company’s chief financial officer, Tim Morse, was named interim chief executive. “She was very highly compensated for a CEO who had declining revenue growth every single quarter,” said Colin Gillis, a technology analyst at BGC Partners. Scrutiny was expected to intensify with second-quarter earnings that analysts expect will show consumers continued to spend less time and advertisers less money on Yahoo, Gillis added. Calls for her resignation have dogged Bartz for years as Yahoo suffered a stream of executive defections. Most recently, Yahoo settled a dispute surrounding Chinese payment service Alipay that reduced Yahoo’s stake in the company. Bartz had a year remaining on her four-year contract. Despite growing frustration from shareholders, Bostock voiced his support for Bartz in June at Yahoo’s annual meeting. Shareholders approved Bartz’s re-election to the board with about 80 percent of the votes. But Bartz, whose long career in Silicon Valley included 14 years running software design firm Autodesk, was never a popular choice to help the struggling Yahoo bounce back from

its languishing stock price and fend off rising competition from Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. Bartz introduced herself to Wall Street as a brash new CEO in January 2009, demanding that everyone give the struggling Internet giant “some friggin’ breathing room.” On the heels of bungled merger talks with Microsoft Corp., Yahoo investors weren’t sold on hiring an executive with no experience running an Internet company to oversee one of that industry’s toughest turnarounds. Bartz had cautioned that it could take several years for Yahoo to stage a comeback, pointing out that Apple Inc. did not take off as soon as co-founder Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997. Once a titan in the online advertising world, Yahoo has had trouble keeping pace with the rapid growth of its competitors, and of the digital ad market. Two years ago, Yahoo accounted for more than 16 percent of online ad revenue. That number will fall to 11 percent this year, according to eMarketer Inc., an advertising research firm. Meanwhile, market leader Google’s share of the ad market has grown to nearly 41 percent from 35 percent in the same period, and Facebook has nearly tripled its market share to 7 percent. Peter Chernin, the former News Corp. chief operating officer who now runs a motion picture and television production company, Chernin Entertainment, has been mentioned in the past in connection with the top job at Yahoo. But a spokeswoman for Chernin said Tuesday that he was not considering such a position at Yahoo.

SJSU President Mohammad Qayoumi (center) holds a townhall meeting in the Boccardo Business Building with staff and faculty Tuesday afternoon. The meeting was one in a series Qayoumi is

by Jeffrey Cianci Staff Writer

Tuesday began President Mohammad Qayoumi’s strategic planning process, a month-long series of town hall meetings around campus with faculty and students, geared to give the president feedback useful in mapping SJSU’s future. According to Qayoumi, 40 town hall style meetings will take place at various times and locations around campus allowing for as many voices to be heard in the process. “Having the different times and locations allows us to collect campus wide input, identify key themes and finalize our vision for the next five years at SJSU,” said Qayoumi. In the first day of strategic planning meetings, only a handful of professors were present to share their ideas. In meeting with Qayoumi, faculty members addressed the

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president’s question of what SJSU should accomplish in the next five to seven years in the areas of integrative learning and community connection. Howard Combs, a professor of Marketing and Decision Sciences shared his concern for SJSU’s international recognition. “When I go international, I have to explain where SJSU is, what San Jose is – we are not rated in top 500 globally,” said Combs. “Let’s get to that position, and raise the prestige of the school.” The topic of sustainability was a recurring theme brought up among those in attendance, such as sociology professor Scott Myers-Lipton, who believed SJSU students and faculty should view themselves as

the future leaders in sustainability. “SJSU is in the position for being the leader in sustainability,” Myers-Lipton said. “Let’s prepare students for the fastest growing sector of the economy.” A move to improve campus involvement in student projects was also repeated by several professors. Jerry Flanzer, associate dean of graduate research, expressed concern that currently many of his students would not be hirable in today’s job markets. Flanzer believed SJSU needed to play a bigger role in student projects, saying, “there is a lot of great (student) work on campus that isn’t known and needs to be more visible in the

community.” Echoing Flanzer’s concern was Jinny Rhee, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering who added that “projects by students are great PR and encourage more students to come to SJSU – more faculty should involve themselves in student work.” Qayoumi will continue his strategic planning discussions on Friday with meetings on the hour from 9 a.m. to noon in Sweeny Hall 331 as well as in Clark Hall 547 from 1 to 5 p.m. After identifying key themes from September’s discussions, Qayoumi says he hopes to have a finalized vision for the next five years at SJSU drafted in collaboration with student and faculty input.

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Exhibitions explore scientific achievements of Islam Advances in physics chemistry, medicine advances on display by Aliza Saeed Staff Writer

Islamic Science Rediscovered, a global touring exhibition which celebrates the scholars for science and technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World, opened on Sept. 3 at the Tech Museum in downtown San Jose. “The museum offers an opportunity for the public to experience the innovation, science and technology of the diverse Islamic cultures,” said Michael Taffe, senior manager of guest experiences at the Tech Museum. “This exhibit has only been displayed in (the) U.S. three times, one of which was New Jersey I believe, and now in California for the first time ever,” he said. Raffe said, MTE studios, based in Dubai and South Africa, designed and developed the exhibit. Muslim families brought their children to this exhibition to educate them about the his-

tory of Islam. “I brought my family with me to this exhibition as soon as I heard about it because coming from a Islamic background,” said Amir Hassan, San Jose resident who came to the exhibit with his wife and two boys. “It makes me proud to know how many people from my background have a lot to do with science that exists today. It is a great experience for my two kids as well.” Each section of the exhibit has a different topic which illustrates explorers from different eras up until today by traveling, doing research and exploring their curiosity. “I thought I knew enough about Islamic scholarship, science and culture but after coming here and reading about different discoveries, I found out that there is a lot more to it than I knew,” said Thomas Tellner from Campbell. Having the Islamic Art Rediscovered in the Heart of Silicon Valley, attracts diverse groups to The Tech Museum. “It is the mission of the Tech Museum to inspire, enlighten and to provoke and even to cause people to take action and it gives us the opportunity to challenge our misconception,”

said Roqua Montez, Director of Public Relations at The Tech Museum. “Silicon Valley is also the seed of innovation and the seed of cutting edge technology and it makes perfect sense for visitors to come and appreciate that there are diverse community people that help to define, discover, push forward the science and technological process that we use today,” he said. There are different sections to this exhibition such as the section about “optics,” which talks about Islamic scientists that laid the foundations for modern optics and led to modern photography. Each section had at least one hands-on display that kids and adults can meddle with for their very own educational and tangible experience. “I liked the series of activities where you crack codes and see how combinations work using Arabic numbers,” said 9-year-old Sophia Dhanani from Palo Alto. The exhibit was divided into different subjects such as botany, zoology, medicine, art, agriculture, chemistry, geology, cartography, geography, physics, engineering, mathematics and even astronomy. Hussam Jarada from Sunny-

A model of a Celestial Globe, which was used in the ancient Middle East to map out the night sky, is on display at the Tech Museum exhibit “Islamic Science Rediscovered.” Photo by Nick Rivelli / Spartan Daily

vale said he liked the engineering section a lot but his two sons liked the geometry and travel part of the exhibit. There were surgical tools on display for eye surgery and oral

surgery comparing modern tools with historical tools. “The historical tools by a Islamic scholar named AlZahrawi were so similar to the tools today,” said Jarada.

A display of a map and a timeline was on the entrance of the exhibition, explaining how far Islamic innovations spread throughout the world in the golden age.

Controversial airline security debated before 9/11 anniversary McClatchy Tribune Wire Service

CHICAGO — Major vulnerabilities persist in the decade since air travelers sacrificed convenience and privacy for the promise of heightened security in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, and the message

from the government and security watchdogs is that there still is much to fear. A new video that is played for airline passengers waiting to go through security checkpoints at many airports addresses the unpopular postSept. 11 rule limiting carry-on liquids and gels to 3.4-ounce

containers. The video hits a nerve — bad people are still trying to harm us — while appealing for the traveling public’s cooperation and patience in response to the continuing threat of terrorists bringing aboard explosives to blow up airliners. But travelers’ tolerance

and confidence that they are being adequately protected has thinned over what many of them consider silly and ineffective security measures designed to obscure glaring weaknesses in a well-funded system that has had 10 years to get it right. Passengers said they see children or elderly people being patted down by federal Transportation Security Administration screeners, and they become angry that the least risky individuals are being pulled out of line and searched. “It’s annoying. You can’t say it’s not,” said Tony Blood, 34, of Chicago, who was traveling on business from O’Hare International Airport to Toronto last week. “To me, the TSA reaction to a threat is always stronger than the event that led up to it.” Passengers said they spend less time being scrutinized during the screening process than they do putting shoes and other clothing back on after submitting to full-body imaging scans, before hurrying to retrieve laptop computers and other personal items that went through X-ray conveyor belts. Travelers said they know firsthand that prohibited items often get through and the quality of screening varies from airport to airport, another weak link that sophisticated terrorists or criminals would know about too. Continuing concerns about weaknesses in U.S. aviation security were spotlighted in a report released by the former heads of the 9/11 Commission last week. It said the TSA’s ability to detect explosives hidden on passengers boarding planes “lacks reliability,” the aviation screening system “still falls short” and the new full-body scanners cannot detect explosives hidden in a body cavity. Dissatisfaction with the security apparatus is evident among members of Congress too. After 9/11, the consensus among lawmakers was that the U.S. would spend whatever was necessary to defend homeland security. Now, the TSA is fighting for funding, promising to perform its job smarter and to close security

loopholes. At the same time, the agency defends controversial huge expenditures, such as on body scanners, that have prompted a flood of complaints about invasion of privacy and possible health risks. “The reason all those body scanners are here at the airport is because of the ‘Underwear Bomber,’ “ Blood said, referring to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who on Christmas Day 2009 boarded a Detroit-bound flight in Amsterdam with plastic explosives sewn into his underwear. “That one event happened in Detroit, and the TSA said, ‘Oh crap, now we have to start checking people’s underwear, right?’ “ Ross Ratcliff had already cleared security at O’Hare last week when he encountered a second screening process at his gate before boarding a Virgin America flight to San Francisco. TSA screeners randomly selected passengers to have their bags manually searched. Ratcliff thought the exercise was redundant and unnecessary, remarking that the screeners didn’t even appear to do a thorough search during the re-check. “Screen the bags right the first time,” Ratcliff, 38, said. “This doesn’t give me a safe, warm and fuzzy feeling. This is delaying my departure, and it’s my tax money rolling right through all these government employees standing around here doing this. “Taking my tweezers away from me is not going to win the war on terrorism.” Skip LaSaker, a TSA manager at O’Hare, said random gate screening is conducted all across the airport every day, and it sometimes prompts questions from concerned travelers regarding whether their individual flight was targeted for extra attention. “My officers will explain to them what they are doing, and that is usually sufficient,” LaSaker said. Yet the inconvenience factor has shot off the charts in recent years, said Kevin Mitchell, chairman of the Business Travel Coalition. “The real pain for business travelers is the lost productivity,” Mitchell said. “You leave a customer’s office an hour

or more before you should because you just don’t know what to expect at the airport.” With no repeat attacks in the U.S. since 2001, the TSA’s strategy to make travelers feel it can be dangerous to fly is “a buzzkill,” Mitchell said. He said passenger traffic on shorter flights has not rebounded since the terror attacks because many people are opting to drive out of fear or to avoid the security hassles at airports. Others give the TSA more credit, especially for communicating with the public honestly about risks and about building support. Still, they say the security agency has failed on the most important objective _ creating a robust system that evaluates individual passengers based on the level of risk they present. The system must be centered on real-time intelligence gathering, accurate databases and information sharing between nations, experts say. “I don’t think we are there yet, and the TSA would probably agree,” said Stephen Van Beek, a transportation policy and strategy expert in the private sector who formerly served as an associate deputy secretary in the U.S. Department of Transportation. “I would strongly favor concentrating more on the intelligence side to identify people we don’t deem reliable than on additional expenditures like missile defenses for commercial airliners or body-cavity searches,” Van Beek said. “In the game between offense and defense, you are much better off finding who your enemies are than trying to outguess them at the airport about vulnerabilities within the security system.” TSA Administrator John Pistole is “moving toward riskbased security,” said Jim Fotenos, the agency’s spokesman in Chicago. A program that launched this year at O’Hare, called Known Crewmember, allows airline pilots to pass through security based on identity verification and no physical screening. The TSA is also working on a “trusted traveler” program that will afford reduced screening to passengers who volunteer to undergo background checks.


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Wednesday, September 7, 2011  FOOD REVIEW

‘Grounded’ uproots veggie treats New campus spot provides healthy eats by Jeffrey Cianci Staff Writer

Whether you are a hardcore vegetarian looking to graze on some fresh local produce or you’re in need of more greens than the veggies on your Subway sandwich, the arrival of Grounded Organic and Vegetarian Café to SJSU is just for you. Located at the bottom of the Boccardo Business Center courtyard, Grounded features a menu of freshly made organic dishes as well as teas and coffee drinks. Assistant manager Melissa Newman, a senior nutrition student explains that Grounded’s menu items are freshly made each day with organic ingredients. The café should be a welcome change to the current dining options on campus, which do not feature a very wide selection for students with vegetarian diets. Currently, Grounded only

Grounded serves up a wide array of vegetable dishes such as the Texas caviar polenta (above), falafel and pita bread and watermelon salad. Photo by Jeffrey Cianci

has a small list of ready-made iced teas, but they will freshly brew and ice any of their selections for you on request — a short wait for their freshly brewed drinks is rewarded with a quality refreshment. In addition to coffees and teas, Grounded offers small snacks as well as full meals. Items like watermelon salad, carrot slaw and Texas caviar make great healthy options for on the go snacking — each for under $3. The watermelon salad is a delicious mix of watermelon, strawberries and feta cheese that makes for a refreshing afternoon snack. On my visit, fresh basil was not available but is usually included with the salad. My favorite, Texas caviar, is a treat of red bell peppers, blackeyed peas, green and white onions with a cilantro vinaigrette which goes very well with either chips or freshly made polenta.

Grounded’s polenta is available a la carte for $1.50 and for $3.50 is served with the aforementioned Texas caviar. For those feeling a little more hungry, Grounded also has falafels in pita, a taco salad and teriyaki tofu salad. All items are available as a salad or served in a pita pocket. Falafels are a bit different from what you would find at Falafel Drive-In, but make for a really good salad with freshly made ranch dressing at $4.50. The teriyaki tofu salad, which is also available with brown rice for $6.95, mixes tofu, red peppers, cucumbers and celery for a delicious and filling meal. Newman explained that in their efforts to keep all their food organic and freshly made, some items may run out or be unavailable for the day, adding that it’s a fair trade off for serving their fresh menu.

 MUSIC REVIEW

‘Tripper’ is Hella’s chaotic, madness at its most superb by Matthew Gerring Managing Editor

The new album Tripper is a homecoming for Hella, as it sees the band back to its purest form – just two members, a guitar, a drum kit, and the raw, stripped-down intensity of their earlier work. Despite the title, Tripper, isn’t the Sacramento-based band’s most psychedelic outing. Their last full-length, There’s No 666 In Outer Space, added a bassist, vocalist, lots of layering and effects, and surreal, lysergic and far-out-there lyrics to match the band’s monumental weirdness perfectly. There’s No 666 was about as accesible as a band like Hella can get, but so much of the total chaos, the kind of beautiful cacophony that you just want to go out and crash your car to, was lost. Vocalist Aaron Ross’s other-wordly spaced-out folk crooning added stability and more listenable song structures, but the result was almost a different band. This album is Hella back to its roots, and it’s a welcome change. I have to get a few things to get out of the way up-front – for the uninitiated, Hella plays “math rock,” which is heavy, technical, usually instrumental rock with lots of time signature changes. It’s not a new sound – it’s been around since at least the late 80’s, and legend has it the term “math rock” started off as an insult, one that totally failed to make the music any less awesome. The band is usually a twopiece composed of Spencer Seim, also the guitar player in Nintendo cover band The Advantage, and Zach Hill, prolific madman drummer and member of multitudes of side projects, collaborations, and solo incarnations (sometimes Zach Hill, sometimes Zach Hill and the Holy Smokes, and so on). There’s not much to say

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about Hella’s technical chops that hasn’t already been said. Seim and Hill can play their instruments better and coax more sounds out of them than any other musicians of our generation, and they’ve been proving

sophisticated sense of melody and pacing than their past work. The songs on Tripper, unlike many of Hella’s earlier albums, manage to evoke feelings other than “MAKE TOTAL DE-

You can’t help but play air drums to this — it’s impossible.

it on hyper-technical recordings for almost 10 years now. The whole album is one long facemelter, guaranteed to kick your ass across the room and have you twitching uncontrollably to Hill’s scattered drumbeats like fresh roadkill on a Nevada County back road. (Seriously though, you can’t help but play air drums to this – it’s impossible, I dare you to try not to.) But all that is beside the point. This album isn’t about testing the listener’s patience and finding out how many notes you can possibly squeeze into one song, and it isn’t even about showing off musicianship. There is real songwriting talent at work here, with themes, emotions and a more

STROY” (although there’s plenty of that on tracks like “Headless”, “Netgear” and others). The main riff in the song “Yubacore” has a triumphant, nearly childlike feel to it with a foreboding edge. “Furthest” is bouncy, optimistic, almost nostalgic sounding. “Long Hair” evokes suspense, somehow, even though your average Hella song always sounds like it’s right about to fall off the edge of a cliff into a wicked cool fireball. That said, it’s not a walk in the park either. It’s a surprise punch in the face in broad daylight by a dude wearing antlers and bleeding from his shins, and I mean that in a good way. Play this one loud, for your neighbors.

Grounded is a new campus eatery located at the Boccardo Business Center courtyard. Photo by Jeffrey Cianci

Newman also said that Grounded’s menu is seasonal and will feature new items throughout the year, hinting that a squash soup and new salad dressing will be likely additions for fall. The Cafe’s fresh and organic menu should draw those looking for healthier options while providing a tasty environmentally friendly vibe we can all get Grounded on.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Spartans commit Cardinal sins, fall to No. 7 Stanford SJSU loses three first-half fumbles, burying the Spartans in own mistakes by Ron Gleeson Sports Editor

A game that finishes with Spartan senior quarterback Matt Faulkner recording more passing yards than a 2010 Heisman trophy finalist would appear to bear a victorious outcome for the SJSU football team. However, statistics and numbers mean little when SJSU made several key mistakes in the first half en route to a rout by No. 7 Stanford Saturday afternoon with the Cardinal winning by a final score of 57-3 at Stanford Stadium. Four fumbles by SJSU, including one in the end zone which turned into a safety, were all converted into touchdown drives by Stanford. “We gave up (28) points in this game with our mistakes, we just gave them the game,” said head coach Mike MacIntyre. MacIntyre said he was impressed with the physicality of his team, but made clear the mistakes were what buried the Spartans. “I feel like we are a more physical football team this year, theres no doubt in my mind,” he said. “It was just very disappointing in us making so many careless mistakes we made and things like that that hurt the game and get it out of hand so to speak.”

It is true, in fact, that Faulkner (187 yards) out-passed a 2011 Heisman trophy preseason front-runner in Cardinal senior quarterback Andrew Luck (171 yards). However, Stanford began six drives in SJSU territory — which originated from three lost fumbles and solid kick returns from the Cardinal special teams, crippling the SJSU defense and minimizing Luck’s potential yardage. “When you got a really short field it’s easy to kind of methodically get the first downs and score,” MacIntyre said of Stanford’s 26 points in the first half. Sophomore linebacker Vince Buhagiar said the short field positions Stanford had took a toll on the defense. “It’s tough on us, but we do what we can to help the offense out, hoping that do what they can to help us out,” he said. In his first career Division I start, Faulkner completed 14 of 26 passes and was able to move the ball against the Stanford defense. MacIntyre said he noticed both the good and the bad of Faulkner’s play. “He made some good throws and made some good plays, but we just cant afford to fumble the ball four times in a game,”MacIntyre said. “He hasn’t been doing that in practice and hopefully he wont be doing in next week.”

Junior tight end Ryan Otten is shoved by a Stanford defender. Otten finished with 19 yards receiving on two catches. Photo by Thomas Webb / Spartan Daily

Faulkner said he realizes his mistakes but believes they can easily be fixed. “It wasn’t my best game, but it wasn’t my worst,” he said. “There are little mistakes that won’t happen every game. It’s heartbreaking. It’s tough to take in, but it’s something where you can say ‘Gosh all I have to do is this one little thing and it’s fixed.’” Another area that bogged SJSU’s successes was their near non-existent running game, MacIntyre pointed out. The Spartans concluded the first half with a net-gain of zero rushing yardage, something MacIntyre said he knows contributed to the loss. “They whooped our butts up front,” he said. “We had nowhere to go. They whooped us.” Although SJSU was unable to amount any rushing yardage of their own, they were able to hold Stanford’s rushing leader from a year ago to just 61 yards on 18 carries. “Defense was more physical, we knew how to fill up the gaps,” MacIntyre said. “They gashed people last

year in the run … but they weren’t able to do that against us today.” Buhagiar, who led the Spartans with 10 total tackles in the game, said it was an encouraging performance for the defense against the run. “Having them be a very successful run team, that helped our confidence a lot,” he said. “As a team, we are a lot further and are more sound defensively than we were last year.” Senior safety Duke Ihenacho said SJSU fans shouldn’t be worried with the score from Saturday’s game against Stanford. “Anytime the score is this high it’s natural to be afraid,” he said. “But we had a big year and we worked hard and we know this team is different and we are just looking forward to next week. SJSU fans should have nothing to worry about.” Ihenacho said they are ready to move forward and begin correcting their mistakes as they look toward this weekend at UCLA. Sophomore wide receiver Noel Grigsby, who led all players in the game with 82 receiving yards on 8

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As humans we all go through periods in our life when our beliefs are not tested, and we can claim whatever we want to be truth, believing it wholeheartedly. Eventually however, a certain event or series of events takes place that reveals to us that we have been living out of touch with reality. Alcoholics refer to this as a “moment of clarity“. Upon realizing our rank of 120 out of 120, this was something of a revelation, and many students at SJSU had to come to grips with the reality that our program must improve substantially from last year. It is something that will take lots of work and patience to work our way out of. These upcoming years are, in fact, going to be a rebuilding years for the Spartan faithful. We hope that the second-year coach, his assistants and our athletic staff see the value in embracing this rebuilding pro-

Golf Championship. Beyond this, there are many other club sports at SJSU, such as the Judo team which competes very successfully at a national level. These athletes, while some of them on scholarship, are for the most part, students just the same as many others reading this publication. Many of them maintain grueling schedules which require intense physical training in the morning and evening, a full class schedule, and the mental and physical stress that comes with regular longdistance travel. Despite the fact that many athletes are trained to tune out the crowd when it is time to perform, many attest that having fan support does make a difference. In summary, SJSU athletics goes far beyond the football program, and though you will no doubt see our reporters and photographers at every football game this season, we at the Spartan Daily encourage all members of the campus community to attend several other sports as well, and show support to the student athletes who have given so much of their life to represent our school.


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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Matt Faulkner: First-time starter unfazed by big crowds, big team by Daniel Heberholz Copy Editor

Stanford linebacker Chase Thomas hit the hole left open by the Spartan offensive line, bulleting into the backfield before Matt Faulkner could take notice. Five seconds later Faulkner was flat on the ground in his first Division I start with Stanford defensive end Henry Anderson flying the other direction, ball in hand. “I was just going to take three steps on the hitch and throw a deep fade to (wide receiver) Jabari, (Carr) and right as I separated my hands to throw the ball, the guy looped right around,” said Faulkner, the SJSU football team’s starting quarterback. “It was a great job by the defensive player. I barely even saw him, and as he wrapped his arms around me … his arm hit the ball.” Though sophomore wide-out Chandler Jones tackled Anderson on the 1-yard line, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck tossed a touchdown pass three plays later to put the Cardinal up 27 points in the second quarter. According to senior running back Brandon Rutley, Faulkner “took full responsibility” for the fumble on the sideline afterward. Senior center Robbie Reed saw it differently. “He can say it’s his fault all he wants, but, no, it’s our fault,” Reed said, referring to the offensive line. “When he takes the mistake in his hands when really it’s our fault … that means a lot.” Meanwhile, Faulkner has the bigger picture in mind. “The mistakes are easily fixable,” Faulkner said. “Now, getting a differ-

ent result or outcome of the game -— that’s obviously not as easy to fix. Instead of one guy not making a mistake you’ve got to have 11 guys doing the right thing.” While head coach Mike MacIntyre was concerned with the turnovers Faulkner committed, saying Saturday that SJSU “totally gave (Stanford) the game,” he was impressed with the way the senior threw the ball. Faulkner, who transferred to SJSU before last season from Mount San Antonio College, finished the game with 184 yards on 14-for-26 passing — including eight first downs. Perhaps his most notable throw of the day came on the drive follow-

Rutley said the quarterback is a cool-and-collected leader on the field who continually encourages his teammates. “He always knows a way to put a smile on someone’s face,” the running back said. “He knows what everyone does out there, from lineman to receiver, so if someone doesn’t know something he’ll let them know what’s going on. He has that leadership ability.” Reed, who has played on the SJSU offensive line since 2007, said he sees shades of a former SJSU quarterback. “He actually reminds me a lot of Adam (Tafralis),” said Reed, referring to the SJSU record holder for passing

When times are tough he’s definitely there to lead us. He’s what a quarterback should be in every aspect. — Robbie Reed, senior center

ing the fumble, on a deep-fade route to Carr similar to the play in which Faulkner fumbled. After peeling back from the line of scrimmage, Faulkner lofted a pass toward the left sideline. Carr kept his eyes on the ball and made the catch, allowing the cornerback and safety covering him to collide. The freshman receiver then took off down the field. Several juke moves later, Carr was finally tackled on the Stanford 7-yard line. “That’s the kind of stuff our team needs,” Faulkner said of the Carr’s playmaking ability. “All you can say (after that) is, ‘Dude, great job. Do more of that.’”

yards and touchdowns who played from 2004 until 2007. “He keeps our heads up. When times are tough he’s definitely there to lead us. He’s what a quarterback should be in every aspect.” After being replaced by junior Dasmen Stewart in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Faulkner slipped on a headset and stood on the sideline at the line of scrimmage. After one firstdown throw, Faulkner gave Stewart a thumbs up. “I wouldn’t expect anything different out of Matt,” MacIntyre said. “He’s a phenomenal young man.” Rutley, a veteran like Reed, said he liked Faulkner’s ability to stay calm.

Senior quarterback Matt Faulkner rolls to the right side away from Stanford defenders. Photo by Stan Olzewski / Spartan Daily

“I honestly wasn’t nervous at all,” Faulker said of playing at Stanford Stadium, adding that he had more jitters playing in front of 500 Mount San Antonio College supporters than the 100,000-plus Crimson Tide fans at Alabama last season. “It’s weird. I think it’s just because then it seems like a bunch of bodies that blend in.” Faulkner said the only time nerves were a factor on Saturday was when

there was physical contact. “You don’t feel it as much, that tightness, until you get hit,” he said. “But I got hit on the third play, so…” So this Saturday when SJSU laces up for a showdown with UCLA, the Spartan starting quarterback may not get butterflies in his stomach from playing in the famous Rose Bowl stadium – unless he gets slammed to the turf.

SJSU women’s soccer team trampled by Aggies by Jeffrey Cianci Staff Writer

Despite active passing, the SJSU women’s soccer team could not find enough of the back of the net to match UC Davis’s scoring in its 5-2 loss to the Aggies Sunday night. In the first half of the game, forwards senior Maria Esquivias, junior Kelsey Lord and midfielder sophomore Kayla Santacruz frequently put the ball in position for a goal, but gained little traction over the Aggie’s tough goalkeeper and defenders. UC Davis was the first to score in the 20th minute, with a give-and-go play between junior forward Allison Kelly and senior midfielder Lisa Kemp. Running through the middle of the field, Kelly passed to Kemp at about the 40-yard line only to have Kemp pass back to Kelly, setting up the shot on goal, which could not be stopped by senior goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald. “We are not doing a good job fundamentally defensively – that is just something that is attention to detail,” said SJSU

Sophomore midfielder Megan Molina dashes across the field toward the UC Davis goal. Photo Courtesy SJSU Athletics.

With a little more than five minutes of play remaining in the first half, senior midfielder Shanelle Furner was able to capitalize on a failed shot-ongoal, turning on a bouncing ball in the box and making an impressive goal using her left foot, putting the score at 2-1 going into halftime. Furner’s left-footed shot

I don’t doubt that we will come out and be WAC champions again.

the second half, Kemp was pulled down by a Spartan in the box, resulting in an easy penalty kick — making the score 3-1 in favor of the Aggies. UC Davis would score again in the 51st minute when a deflection by Maiwald allowed junior defender Jenna Brehmer to move in and capture the ball and capitalize for the goal. The next 30 minutes of play consisted of back-and-forth play between the two teams up and down the field, with the Aggies not slowing down in their assault on the Spartan’s net. After 80 minutes of play, including four strong saves, Maiwald was subbed out for sophomore Gladis Covarrubias who played her first minutes as a Spartan. In the 82nd minute UC Davis also substituted in a new goalkeeper, replacing Maria Magana with Taylor Jern. However Jern would give up a goal moments later, as

— Kelsey Holm, junior defender women’s soccer head coach Jeff Leightman. “We’re going to go back and prepare them better.” The Aggies would again score on an assist pass from freshman forward Lexi Poppoff to sophomore forward Ashley Edwards, who then dribbled in the box and sent a low shot into the net.

would be joined by one other Spartan goal as UC Davis brought some aggressive play to the net that was unmatched by SJSU players. “At the beginning we were playing good, our momentum was there,” said Furner. “In the second half they just wanted it more than we did.” Nearly three minutes into

she ran too far out into the box during play, leaving the net open for junior Kelsy Holm. Holm dribbled around Jern to score for the Spartans, with an assist from Furner, bringing the score to 4-2 with less than 10 minutes of play remaining. The Aggies were able to add a final goal on Covarrubias, with a rolling shot by Taylor Duffner, who ran midfield into an assisting pass by Anna Quigley. After winning back-toback Western Athletic Conference regular season titles in 2009 and 2010, the Spartans find themselves beginning the 2011 season with an 0-5 record. At the end of Sunday night’s 5-2 defeat Kelsy Holm was still optimistic for her team and the remainder of the season. “Take this and improve the next game – I don’t doubt that we will come out and be WAC champions again,” said Holm. “It was a rocky start, everyone is still jelling together – It’s time to change it and come out and get a W.”


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Letters to the Editors Students ignore greener options SJSU students in the Dining Commons are incredibly wasteful. Instead of using reusable mugs for beverages they get from the Jamba Juice and Tully’s, most students take the disposable cups and straws offered to them, and most of these cups aren’t even recycled. Many are tossed carelessly in the garbage, or even left on the ground for someone else to pick up. The waste that this unfortunate habit causes is heartbreaking. There must be hundreds of disposable cups that get thrown away each day. And it doesn’t do planet Earth any favors. When you consider all the hurtful things we do to our planet and their dangerous consequences (global warming, among other things), it only makes sense that we should move in the opposite direction. Instead of hurting, we should begin healing. SJSU students should start using reusable mugs and cups for their take-out beverages, that way, no waste is created. I got a reusable mug from Jamba Juice to store my smoothies in. It only cost $2.50 and I use it every time I get a drink there. Plus, if you’re buying a smoothie from the Jamba Juice in the Student Union and you bring your mug, they take 50 cents off every order. After five yummy blends, your mug will pay for itself. As for Tully’s, there are countless safe, reusable hot beverage mugs out there you can buy, none of which should

set you back any more than 10 to 15 bucks for a lifetime of use. It’s not enough just to recycle a disposable cup after you finish your drink. It’s better not to even need a disposable cup in the first place. Stop waste in its place. Use a reusable mug for your take-out drinks. It’ll make you even more smart and considerate than you already are. Andrea Nguyen Radio, Television, Film

Academic Senate needs participation Dear Editor, I am not sure that students are aware that the Academic Senate has a need for student participation. There are approximately 30 committees and most need students. I have served as a member of the Student Fairness Committee for seven years. Every year we have to beg Associated Students to get the student body involved in our committee. The Student Fairness Committee has 19 seats, 7 of those seats are for students. The committee meets the first and third Wednesday of every month from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. On rare occasions does the meeting go until 5:00pm.

I encourage students to become more active in their University. Research the committee descriptions, assignments and meeting times. Find a committee that you want to serve on and submit an application to Associated Students. Schedule your classes around a particular committee’s meeting times. This last year one third of the undergraduate student seats sat vacant. Three quarters of the graduate student seats sat vacant. This means that the students’ input is not being heard. While this note is to bring student awareness to seat availability for the Academic Senate Committee seats, I am most concerned about the Student Fairness Committee. The Student Fairness Committee hears complaints of violations of student rights in instructional and curricular matters, including grade appeals, and hears and seeks redress of non-instructional student grievances concerning individual members of the faculty, administration or staff, and when appropriate makes recommendations for redress. Student participation is necessary for this committee to conduct its business. There are seven seats to be filled. Marty Froomin Assistant Associate Professor

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California is buoying itself by taxing online By Jackson Wright

It’s a very interesting feeling to live on a sinking ship. There’s a sense of horrible urgency all around, some people running around like decapitated poultry trying to patch

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or if they are simply wasting their time. Of course I don’t live on an actual boat, so all this nautical talk is a thinly disguised and barely passable metaphor for California, stricken as it is with it’s ever-rising debt troubles. It’s hard to understand just how deep that trouble is, and I in no way claim to be an expert on such matters. It’s the times that anything

of retailers very mad. The angriest, understandably, is Amazon.com, the biggest online retailer on the planet, who is outright refusing to collect sales taxes on purchases through their affiliates in California. That is, former affiliates as they have cut ties with all of their partners based here to show their disapproval of the law and to subvert it entirely. It is hard to argue that these

It’s the times that anything sticks out of the ordinary in my life which really remind me that there even is a problem.

holes and bail water, while others just sit and watch the dark cold waters slowly creep up the sides and splash onto the deck. The crew of the ship is trying their hardest, but for every move they make against the vessels descent, a new hole opens up and it becomes even harder to make any progress. She used to be an amazing vessel in her hey-day, one of the very finest in the fleet. But troubles from the years gone by have built up, the crew was a little too lazy for a little too long, not being as up to date on maintenance as they should have been. Her majestic golden prow has been tarnished by years of neglect, and her hull is starting to crack. The old captain stands at the helm wondering what can be done for the ship, asking if its too late, if all the schemes that he and his crew have cooked up will do any good,

sticks out of the ordinary in my life which really remind me that there even is a problem. Take for instance the Internet sales tax law that went into effect July 1 of this year. I had never even heard of it when it passed, and then all of a sudden here it arrived in virtual shopping carts across the state. I don’t do too much online shopping, and as such it wasn’t that pressing of a matter for me. But for the huge amount of people who do most of their purchasing in the digital marketplace, it really is a big deal. The absence of the sales tax is a big pull for a lot of online retailers — they didn’t have to be touched by the states, and so could provide cheaper products to the masses. But now that this law has passed they won’t have that advantage over brick and mortar stores, and it’s making a lot

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taxes won’t help though, as almost a third of revenues for the state come from taxes such as these already in place. It’s pretty easy to be one of those sailors sitting on the deck, remaining blissfully ignorant of the water splashing around by your feet. What’s harder is to accept the big scary picture — that our state is in a lot of trouble. It’s my advice to not grumble too much about the new taxes for online purchases. These taxes probably aren’t going anywhere, as it looks like the legislature will be able to block an overturn of the law through a legal loophole. So let’s get up from the leaky deck and do our part to keep the state afloat, even if it is as little as paying that annoying extra charge that’s getting tacked onto our bargain jeans and artsy T-shirts. It’ll be just like going to the mall again, except in the comfort of your own home.

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Overenrollment leaves me puzzled Is our campus getting a little too crowded, or is it just me? Over the past two weeks, I have sat puzzled as I realized there are a significantly higher number of students on campus than there were last semester. “How can this be?” I wondered. “Isn’t our school reducing enrollment?” But I was mistaken. According to a news release by Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU’s Media Relations Director, SJSU admitted a total of 4,000 firsttime freshmen this semester, an increase of 2,760 students from last year. While I am thrilled these young adults are being given the opportunity to receive an education, this situation leaves me wondering why the school suddenly believes they have the money or space to admit and teach these students. All last semester, we were told time after time that the California State University system was broke and that it was being forced to make cuts in enrollment, employment and financial assistance. One budget cut after another cascaded down on us students and we were forced to accept that the face of college educations was changing forever. Then, in June, the California State budget confirmed a $650 million cut in funding to the California State University system, bringing financial assistance to the lowest it has been since the 1998-99 fiscal

By Jaimie Collins

year, according to a news release from the CSU. So, why now, in the midst of the economic downfall, is the university deciding to bring in more students then we have in years? The university needs to take a step back and assess whether this decision is reflective of the student body’s best interests. Sure, the school receives more money from the additional tuition and fees that are collected, but I don’t see the point in admitting more students if there are no teachers or open class sections from which they can learn. I can understand the argument that the decision-makers within the university made what they believed was the best choice in order to balance increased applicants and lower funds. Also, as a result of the enrollment hike, more high school graduates are being given the chance to further their education and have the opportunity to gain better employment. Regardless of the positives, I have heard too many horror stories concerning this semester’s issues of overcrowding to be convinced that the good results of this change outweigh the bad.

During the first week of school, it was not uncommon to see students spilling out of classrooms and into the hallway. Each student was faced with the battle of adding courses, hoping they will receive the units they need to graduate on time. Moreover, in past semesters, certain majors earned the label “impacted,” meaning they receive less funding and therefore create stricter guidelines for prospective students. Not only can students not get into the classes they require, they are also now limited in their choice of major, simply because the number of people wanting to do the exact same thing is too high. This much was true last semester, but adding close to an additional 3,000 students is not improving the situation. With the new admittances, classes are fuller and the campus is more crowded than ever. Everyone should have access to higher education and learning should not be exclusive because one person started earlier than another. The decision to increase fall enrollment, however, has only led to resources being stretched even thinner than before and should have been considered more thoroughly.

JAIMIE COLLINS WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK WITH HER COLUMN ”YA KNOW WHAT I MEAN?”

Today my morning routine was disturbed in the form of the hood of a Ford F150 truck breaking free from the previously mentioned automobile somewhere along Highway 17, flipping several times over the truck and through the air, and finally finding a landing place on the front bike rack of the Caltrans bus that I take to school every day. This occurrence then caused the driver of said bus to pull over and engage in a 20-minute screaming match with the operator of the now-hoodless Ford. The sum of all these events is that I ended up missing the first half hour or so of my noon class, which incidentally, is the exact time slot that was supposed to be giving a presentation with my group. Now, I understand that accidents happen and that as a responsible adult of 21 years of age I should always allot myself some spare time to accommodate for these kinds of things, but my absence from class is not the problem that seems to keep popping up in my mind. The recurring thought that

kept creeping into my brain is that I am simply paying too much money each month to be able to attend school. The two issues, the bus accident and the cost of a monthly pass, may seem unrelated, and they are, but these kinds of inconveniences really make me start evaluating every aspect of the commuter situation.` The issue that is most perturbing to me is the fact that the discount offered by SJSU for the 31-day bus pass for the Highway 17 Express, which is the bus that I take to and from school on a daily basis, is nearly non-existent. The cost for a monthly pass on the Highways 17 Express is $112and the discount offered by the school is $102. This ten dollar discount may seem like a fair and affordable price for the university’s commuter population, but it becomes slightly less appetizing when I take into consideration that yearly passes for local busses are offered at no charge whatsoever to all students with a Tower card. SJSU has a significant population of students who

commute from other cities, myself included. That we should have to pay near full-price for a service on which we are dependent to get an education is not an outrage, but is extremely unfair when the price of the monthly pass for the Highway 17 Express is roughly one-fifth of the cost of the annual passes that are given out for free to local students. According to the website for the San Jose Transportation Authority, the cost of an annual pass for all local busses is $495, which makes me wonder why the school is willing to pay more for students who live near campus, and especially for students who live on campus and use public transportation systems on a minimal basis, than for the students who live in other cities and are dependent on alternative forms of long distance transportation. So in the end this issue is not the cost of the bus pass I buy every month or the fact or that it can sometimes be inconvenient, it is that the school pays more for a service that only a small population use than a service some people need.

...I am simply paying too much money each month to be able to attend school.

Tumblr should be used for blogging, not making memes By Danreb Victorio

I have nothing but the utmost respect for people who actually use Tumblr for what it’s intended, an actual blog. I registered for a Tumblr blog as soon as it became a craze, but I never actually used it until recently. One reason why it took a while for me to get into Tumblr was because it just seemed like a way to kill time, and to many people, it still is.

Anybody in our age demographic who logs into Tumblr is bound to see people re-blogging pointless photos such as Lord Voldemort of the Harry Potter series holding a sign saying “FREE HUGS,” or a Barbie head attached to the body of a Buddha, or a video of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” on a Friday. I’m not saying this shouldn’t be done, because I’m guilty of it. During the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, I found the Voldemort stuff to be pretty hilarious and totally worth a reblog. But it also comes off as a bit annoying because for that en-

tire week every post on my Tumblr dashboard was nothing but Harry Potter stuff. This ended up being a trend all summer. Whenever something new came out (whether it was a movie, album or video game), pretty much everything on my Tumblr dashboard was about that release. For movies, such as Harry Potter, one of my big annoyances was the posting of spoilers. Aside from the phenomena of fun-but-useless reblogs, it’s always a joy to read written work in which people just let go. I find it extremely interesting when people take the time to sit down and just write about

The real joy is that some of the thoughtful posts you see are from people you don’t interact with every day.

anything. Sure, their writing won’t go through any sort of edits and the odds of the copy being grammatically flawed are high, but what makes the writing so interesting is that it’s really easy to put the author’s voice into the blog. The real joy is that some of the “thoughtful” posts you see are from people you don’t interact with every day. It gives me a sense of respect I wouldn’t feel otherwise. It allows me to empathize with the people I just consider as my “acquaintances.” I also like photoblogs. No, not the “de-motivational” jpegs, the pictures of people “planking,” or random and funny screenshots of popular television programs, but the pictures people post which they actually take. Not only do the pictures show certain interesting aspects of their lives, it shows they don’t mind sharing a memory. Without realizing it,

these people are participating in photojournalism by either telling us how awesome some event was or simply by demonstrating their talent. The act of people pouring out their souls through writing and pictures is what got me into the Xanga fad in 2004. I was in middle school back then, and it was as much of a joy to read about people’s boring days back then as it is to read about the trials and

tribulations of independent life they write about now. That’s what social blogging should be. I’m not saying all Tumblr posts are pointless and they’re there for the purpose of us wasting our time in happiness, but it’s good to see people let it out for once. It shows that anybody can write. You just have to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard).

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Hot Rods on the Layout By: Brian O'Malley and Leo Postovoit

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Left: Jerry Kennedy’s 1934 two-door Ford sedan was a huge hit at Sunday’s car show.

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Below: Frank Martnico poses in front of his 1964 Lincoln Mercury Marauder.

First Annual

Paseo Car Show: Sunday Sept. 4, 2011: Bob Schmelzer, owner of Circle-A skateshop and legendary skateboarder, held the first Annual Paseo Car Show. Showcasing custom cars, hot rods, mopars, and race cars Schmelzer said, “The main reason for it is to spread awareness on car culture.” Located on the paseo outside of Circle-A, Schmelzer said he hopes to have the show stretch the length of the Paseo one day. With everything from pinstriping tutorials to the disc jockey, there was something for people of all ages. Bob Schmelzer said he believes that the car show will bring culture to a part of San Jose that seems to be lacking.

Bob Schmelzer hangs with fellow car ethusiasts atSunday’s car show.

Attendees admire Bob Severen’s award winning 1941 Plymouth Deluxe. Bob Severen teaches a younger car show attendee about his 1941 Plymouth Deluxe.

Photos By: Brian O’Malley -andJasper Rubenstein

A bottle opener adorns the trunk of one of the hot rods at Sunday’s car show.

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