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Foundation links donors to athletes byy Scott Semmler Staff Writer
There are over 400 studentathletes receiving scholarships in sports at SJSU, spanning over 16 teams and including six men’s teams and 10 women’s teams. According the Spartan Foundation, the organization behind scholarship funding at SJSU, over $4 million is needed to pay for those 400-plus student-athletes. “(Spartan Foundation) is a nonprofit organization made up of volunteers, donors and alumni for Spartan scholarships,” said John Poch, the senior associate athletic director at SJSU. The donated money funds a student-athlete’s books for class, tuition, fees and room and board for those earning their degree while playing collegiate sports at SJSU, according to the Spartan Foundation. The foundation estimates cost of an in-state full scholarship at SJSU is $16,656, while an out-of-state full scholarship is estimated at $27,816. According to the Spartan Foundation, they have provided the primary financial support for studentathlete scholarships at SJSU since 1959. It was formed to “unite, in an organized effort, the alumni and friends of SJSU in order to raise funds and meet the costs” of all 400-plus scholarship recipients on campus, Poch said. Over 1,000 alumni, friends and fans contribute money to the Spartan Foundation, which then funds
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Thursday September 29, 2011 Volume 137, Issue 18
Veterans adjust to collegiate life byy Jeremyy Infusino Staff Writer
Senior quarterback Matt Faulkner for the SJSU football team, seen here in a game on Sept. 7 game against Stanford in Palo Alto, is one of 400 athletes with a scholarship at SJSU. Faulkner received his scholarship
to SJSU after leading Mount San Antonio College in Walnut to the California Community College Athletic Association Championship in 2009. Photo by Thomas Webb / Spartan Daily
Warriors at Home is a first time course offered this semester to student veterans at SJSU. The class was created by assistant health science professor Anne Demers and psychology professor Elena Klaw. Prior to starting this class with Demers, Klaw had some experience with veterans when she worked at the Menlo Park branch of the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital. For Demers, working with veterans hit a little closer to home because she has a son who was in the military and was deployed three times, she said. Demers said after her son returned from his first deployment, she spent a few weeks with him and his buddies to see how they were doing. “They seemed to be OK,” Demers said. When the soldiers came back from their second deployment, Demers said the stories changed. “The stories were very, very different,” said Demers. “They were dark, very depressing.”
Demers said many stories about how the soldiers felt were very similar to what she heard from young people who grew up on the streets, a population she was more familiar working with. It was around this time that Demers became more concerned and shifted her work toward the support of veterans. The course is being offered for the first time this semester, but Klaw and Demers said the process for getting the class started began in 2009. “Dr. Demers and I received a grant from the Blue Shield Foundation to assess the needs of student veterans regarding having healthy relationships once they transition home,” Klaw said. A large survey of student veterans was taken across California regarding their satisfaction in relationships, their needs in relationships and their risk for violence in relationships, Klaw said. In the fall of 2010, groups were held on campus by both professors to discuss issues with student veterans about relationships and transition-
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Obama health care law under review in Supreme Court case McClatchyy Tribune Wire Service
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Wednesday formally asked the Supreme Court to review its controversial health care law, a move that’s likely to set up a blockbuster election-year decision. On the heels of an appellate court defeat, the Justice Department late Wednesday afternoon filed the 34page petition urging the court to uphold the law’s ambitious mandates. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta last month struck down the so-called individual mandate.
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“The department has consistently and successfully defended this law in several court of appeals, and only the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled it unconstitutional,” the Justice Department said in a written statement. “We believe the question is appropriate for review by the Supreme Court.” Opponents of the health care law want the court to act, too. Earlier Wednesday, the National Federation of Independent Business filed a competing petition urging the Supreme Court to take up the case so it could strike down the law. Separately, 26 states filed their own petition Wednesday challenging the law’s constitutionality. “This case offers this court an ideal vehicle to resolve pressing and persistent constitutional questions arising out of the law,” former Bush administration solicitor general Paul Clement wrote on behalf of the 26 states. Clement had successfully argued at the appellate court level against what’s formally called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which opponents deride as “Obamacare.” The law was billed as extending health care coverage to an additional 30 million U.S. residents. Passed in 2010 over unanimous Republican opposition, the law has also been a centerpiece of GOP attacks on the Obama presidency. In its 2-1 ruling issued Aug. 12, the 11th Circuit concluded that the constitutional clause granting Congress authority over interstate commerce did not stretch so far as to include
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Yahoo campus recruiter Emily Kuo speaks to students following an informational seminar session in the Engineering building on Tuesday afternoon. Yahoo hires many SJSU alumni. Photo by Jasper Rubenstein / Spartan Daily
Yahoo comes to SJSU for interns, new hires by Danreb Victorio Staff Writer
Over 100 students attended an information session put on by Yahoo Tuesday at the Engineering building on campus. Yahoo’s recruiters discussed career opportunities in computer science, computer engineering, management information systems, quality assurance, industrial design, graphic design and web design with all interested students and alumni, according to the SJSU Career Center website. The event began with Emily Kuo, a Yahoo campus recruiter, introducing herself before providing information
about the company with a presentation and a short YouTube video called “Inside Yahoo! Campus.” According to information provided to the SJSU Career Center, Yahoo hired 10 new graduates and 25 interns from SJSU this year. “SJSU ranks in the top three schools when it comes to us hiring new grads,” Kuo said. Rucha Joshi, a first-year international student studying software engineering, won a Yahoo Snuggie during the raffle. “I didn’t know what this is,” she said, “but it’s nice of them.” Chinmay Bhawe, a computer science graduate student, said he got all
the information he wanted from the session. “I came here to learn about internship opportunities and got what I wanted,” he said. “I have a lot of friends who work at Yahoo who say that it’s a great company. They said they have internships in user interface design, and that’s what I am looking for.” Pin Chang, a senior computer engineering major, was impressed with the short video that showed what it was like to work at the company. “I was here to learn more about technical and quality assurance
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
HEALTH CARE: Interstate commerce clause debated FROM PAGE 1 requiring individual insurance coverage. “Congress, in exercising its
commerce authority, must be careful not to sweep too broadly,” the appellate court stated in its 207-page majority opinion.
But citing “notions of judicial restraint and respect for the separation of powers,” the appellate court severed the in-
dividual mandate provision and let the rest of the law stand. Critics of the law hope the Supreme Court will go further and take the entire law apart. Underscoring the all-around political intensity, the Justice Department filed its Supreme Court petition far earlier than it had to. The department had foreshadowed its intentions Monday when it announced it would not ask all 11 judges of the 11th Circuit to review the August decision by the threejudge panel. If the administration had asked for a rehearing by the entire appellate court, which spans Florida, Alabama and Georgia, a final Supreme Court
decision would have been pushed back until after the 2012 election. The political calculation could be that the issue will be a winner for the president next summer, whichever way the court rules. “We firmly believe that, as has been upheld by a number of different decisions, that ultimately the Affordable Care Act will be found constitutional, because it is,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday. At least four justices must agree to hear a case for it to be added to the docket. Few think the case will fail to meet this threshold, in part because appellate courts are badly split.
While the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the insurance mandate unconstitutional, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, agreed with the Obama administration that Congress acted within its authority. “The minimum coverage provision regulates activity that is commercial and economic in nature, namely how and when health care is paid for, and when health insurance is purchased,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. argued in his brief Wednesday for the Obama administration.
YAHOO: SJSU a source for employees FROM PAGE 1 opportunities,” she said. “But I was surprised to see how informal the work environment is. It seemed almost too laid back.” Kuo said the company has more than just technical-related opportunities. “Yahoo is such a great place to have a career because of the people — everyone has an active contributing hand in making our corporate ecosystem work,” she said. “We have opportunities for everybody. The company’s VP of journalism even asked where the non-tech applicants were, especially journalism interns. I just tell him, let us know how many you need, we’ll go get them.” Joshi said she enjoyed the information session but also had a quick tip for future information session hosts. “The career center has provided students like us with a lot of great presentations from
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companies like IBM and Yahoo,” she said. “But these will be a lot better if they were held in much bigger rooms, and lots of different people will come.” Swati Savaliya, a graduate student studying for her masters in software engineering, said that the recent firing of chief executive Carol Bartz on Sept. 6 has impacted her thoughts about working with Yahoo. “I feel that she (Bartz) was fired in a bad manner,” Savaliya said. “Since this news, I have heard different things like Microsoft trying to buy Yahoo and other rumors like that. Yahoo is a good place to work, but if I have other choices it might not be the top option for me.” Bhawe said the shake-up didn’t affect the way he felt about the company, though he did assess several different options. “Like I said, I have friends
that work in the company,” Bhawe said. “A lot of rumors have been floating around, but I don’t think the company will die. To my knowledge there have not been reports about layoffs and cutting and things of that nature, so if I think there is still job security.” Kuo is aware that the shakeup may have an effect on students, but she said it didn’t change the way she presented the company. “We went in asking ourselves: What message do we want to send?” Kuo said. “The realization is we won’t be here if we cannot look into students’ eyes and speak truthfully about our company. We believe in the company, our leaders, and our peers. Shake-ups are just the way of the Valley. Carol may not be in the same position, but she continues to actively advise. We’re approaching our 16th birthday. Yahoo is resilient.”
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Coach Mac Corner: SJSU plans to continue run game, dual QBs Sports Editor
Head coach Mike MacIntyre described the environment at Monday’s practice following the team’s 34-24 win over New Mexico State as “exciting.” “We have come so close a few times,” MacIntyre said during Monday’s press conference. “I am really happy to see smiles on their faces and to see their hard work pay off.” Less than a week removed from its first victory of the season, the SJSU football team now turns its attention to this weekend’s game as it travels to Fort Collins, Colo. to take on Colorado State. MacIntyre took little time to attribute a large chunk of Saturday’s win over the Aggies to the performance by the offensive line. “They basically controlled the game,” he said. “All the way through the fourth quarter we were able to control the ball and basically run the game out.” The offensive line stood incredibly strong against the Aggies, not allowing a single sack of senior quarterback Matt Faulkner, although he was hit several times. Perhaps what the offense did to contribute most to the victory were the holes opened up for
senior running back Brandon Rutley, who ran for 209 yards on 33 carries and found the end zone twice. MacIntyre said Rutley, who now ranks sixth in the nation in all-purpose yards per game, has become a leader on the team and will be an integral part of the Spartan offense for the remainder of the season. “He wants the ball, and he wants to keep running it,” MacIntyre said. “He is becoming more consistent, as is the rest of the offense. He is getting more opportunities for long runs.” For his performance, Rutley received Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors from Rivals.com, and a “helmet sticker,” which is an informal award given to outstanding college football players on ESPN’s “College Gameday.” MacIntyre said establishing the run game early is most “important” in getting early momentum and controlling the game. “A successful run will keep the defense off balance, and keep us in balance,” he said. “It allows us to open up the offense by mixing in pass and play-action pass plays into our strategy.” Getting the run game going will be the Spartans’ first goal in this Saturday’s game against the Rams, even if it takes another 30plus rush attempt from Rutley, MacIntyre said.
“If he can run it 30 times and we’re able to control the clock and he gets 200 all-purpose yards, we’re going to have a good chance in winning the ball game,” he said. Both Faulkner and sophomore quarterback Dasmen Stewart saw snaps against New Mexico State, and MacIntyre said the offensive scheme will remain that way. “Using both quarterbacks confuses the opposing defense and its coordinator,” he said. “The defense has to work on two different playing styles in practice, so it’s something we will continue to do.” Both SJSU and Colorado State are coming off exciting victories in week four of the 2011 season. The Rams’ win came in double-overtime over Utah State, and the Spartans’ was the first of the young season. MacIntyre said the environment on Saturday will be electric.
Head coach Mike MacIntyre moments after receiving a traditional water cooler shower following the Spartans’ 34-24 victory over New Mexio State last Saturday. Photo by Vernon McKnight / Spartan Daily
“The competition will be excellent,” he said. “They have a great stadium, great atmosphere and it will a beautiful Saturday.” The game between SJSU (13) and Colorado State (3-1) will kick off at 1:00 p.m. PST and can be seen on the Mountain West Sports Network.
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Optimistic. How could the Spartan Faithful not be after the SJSU’s 34-24 victory on Saturday at Spartan Stadium? SJSU put together its most complete performance of the year, combining a balanced offensive attack with a stout defense that held the New Mexico State Aggies scoreless in its last four possessions. “We’re excited,” linebacker Pompey Festejo said. “We don’t want to let this feeling go away.” I don’t mean to get carried away — after all, it’s just a win against a mediocre Western Athletic Conference team. Then again, it’s been a while since the Spartans had anything positive from which to build. Last year, the Spartans didn’t beat a single Football Bowl Subdivision team. Their last subdivision victory came against New Mexico State in 2009, and that was their second-to-last game of an abysmal 2-10 season. I’d argue that there hasn’t been this much optimism since the Spartans’ 2008 squad that went 6-6. It’s not just that the Spartans beat the Aggies — it’s that they beat them soundly. Running back Brandon Rutley brought flashbacks of former Spartan rushing stars Deonce Whitaker and Yonus Davis. He showed his speed and elusiveness, cracking two long runs, one of which went for a 66-yard touchdown on the Spartans’ first offensive play. Quarterback Matt Faulkner looked a little like former starter Adam Tafralis. He didn’t turn the ball over and showed great touch on his throws, including a perfect throw that set up Ryan Otten’s catch and run of 64 yards and a touchdown. But one must give credit to the offensive line for keeping Faulkner upright — the Aggies had no sacks — and opening holes for Rutley’s career-high 209-yard rushing performance.
This is the Spartans’ third good showing in a row, as they were coming off two j u s t - go o d - e n o u g h - t o - l o s e performances against good teams. Versus Nevada a week ago, the Spartans dominated the second half, but they didn’t finish. Faulkner’s potential go-ahead touchdown pass was intercepted in the end zone. Two weeks ago, the Spartans entered the fourth quarter against UCLA in a 17-17 tie. But they didn’t finish, as they were outscored 10-0 in the fourth quarter. On Saturday, they finished. “I feel like our conditioning factor really showed in the fourth quarter,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said, alluding to SJSU outscoring the Aggies 10-0 in the final quarter. Combine that with a fast start and the Spartans satisfied their coach by starting fast and finishing strong. “That’s Coach Mac’s motto,” Rutley said. “We just have to continue to do this. And even though it‘s exciting, at the same time you have to be realistic and go out there against the next team and do the same thing.” The Spartans will likely be the underdog in all but one game remaining on the schedule. Barring a miracle, there will be no bowl game for this year’s team. But four games into the season, the Spartans are competitive again. And that’s reason to be optimistic.
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SJSU alumnus follows dream to become a hip-hop star by Scott Semmler Staff Writer
From a young age, RodvĂŠ Lewis knew he wanted to have a career in the hip-hop industry, and when he took the Event Center stage at Rock the Vote in 2010, it became a reality. Lewis, otherwise known as his stage name VĂŠ317, is a 21-year-old SJSU graduate and a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity on campus whoâ€™s now looking to make it big in hip-hop. He said there is a meaning behind his stage name. â€œThe â€˜VĂŠâ€™ comes from my first name, and â€˜317â€™ is the date my big homie got murdered when I was a teenager,â€? Lewis said. â€œI keep him alive through my music.â€? The man murdered was one of Lewisâ€™ best friends growing up, Armand Jones, who he knew since he was 11 years old. Lewis said Jones constantly pushed him to perform. â€œI was always scared,â€? he said. â€œHe brought that out in me.â€? Jones had appeared in the movie â€œFreedom Writers,â€? and had his own music released in the time before his death in 2006. â€œHe got his big break,â€? Lewis said. â€œI realized how short life was.â€? Lewis said it motivated him to get his own big break. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Lewis grew up in the hip-hop atmosphere.
â€œIâ€™ve seen the goods and the bads,â€? he said. He attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, Calif., which coincidentally was the same high school from which rapper Snoop Dogg graduated. â€œI stayed out of the streets,â€? Lewis said. â€œBut just because you stay out of it doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s not there.â€? Lewis said he was first interested in rap when he found out Lilâ€™ Bow Wow did not write his own songs. â€œWhen I first seen Lilâ€™ Bow Wow, I could relate to him,â€? he said. â€œI got serious when I learned he didnâ€™t write his songs.â€? Lewis said he realized from that moment that his gift of writing was his way into the hip-hop industry. He also credits rapper Nasâ€™ video entitled â€œOne Mic,â€? as well as hip-hop legends Eminem and Notorious B.I.G. as his inspiration to write his own raps. â€œHeâ€™s determined,â€? said close friend Alex Grauke. â€œYou can see his determination when you talk to him.â€? However, Lewis is not like any other rapper the music world may take in and spit out these days. The man known as VĂŠ317 not only graduated from SJSU with a 3.4 GPA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, but said he is one of the few rappers out there that does not curse or degrade women in any of his lyrics. It is a part of his music that
Lewis said was directly influenced by his mom. â€œShe made my rap career what it is,â€? he said. â€œYou donâ€™t curse at your mom. Why rap like that if sheâ€™s going to listen to it?â€? Alexandra Tuohy, a senior marketing major and friend of Lewis, said it is for that reason she can play his music in any environment. â€œItâ€™s positive,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s music I can play for my little cousins and not worry.â€? Lewis said the idea came from no cursing in the house he grew up in. â€œI took that to my music,â€? he said. â€œI want people two years old to 95 years old to be able to listen to my music.â€? Lewis said the cursing is something to which most rappers these days tend to conform. â€œI donâ€™t feel hip-hop should be categorized like that,â€? he said. â€œYou are what people see you as, and I donâ€™t want to be like everyone else.â€? Grauke agreed saying, â€œIâ€™m a huge hip-hop fan and you got a lot of stereotypes out there. Few rappers have positive music like RodvĂŠ.â€? For those who have not heard VĂŠ317â€™s music, Lewis describes it as â€œa dumbed down Lupe Fiasco with Nasâ€™ storytelling and visuals.â€? â€œPositive, intelligent, (and) enjoyable,â€? he said. Over the years, Lewis has released five mixtapes, with his most recent, a joint project with fellow rapper Mickey Floyd titled Mules and Camels, dropped last week.
RodvĂŠ Lewis, who goes by the stage name of VĂŠ317, is starting a career as a hip-hop artist. Lewis graduated from SJSU as a business ma jor. Photo by Jack Barnwell / Spartan Daily
â€œStubborn as a mule, spit like a camel,â€? he explained. Lewis says the entire mixtape was completed in just three days, a rarity in todayâ€™s hip-hop industry. â€œItâ€™s a more fun, party tempo,â€? he says. â€œThe lyrics donâ€™t change, though.â€? His other four mixtapes include They Said I Couldnâ€™t Write (2004), Thoughts I Couldnâ€™t Write (2006), Let Me Think (2008) and The Escape Rope (2010). His first two mixtapes were released while he was still in high school. Two of his more popular songs are â€œKool-Aid and Fried Chicken,â€? which appears on his mixtape Let Me Think, and â€œMy Destinyâ€? featuring fellow
rapper Oli Gundro. Both tracks can be found on iTunes. â€œThey appeal to both crowds,â€? Lewis said, referring to his songs having a party vibe, but also carrying meaning behind them. As for being compared to another SJSU rapper, Bobby Brackins, who had his big break with his song â€œ143,â€? Lewis said he does not mind. â€œI know him personally,â€? he said. â€œI opened up for him at Rock the Vote and we had a good relationship.â€? VĂŠ317 will be performing several times within the next few months, including an appearance in Hollywood on Oct. 29 and another at UCSD on Nov. 28.
He is also working on an upcoming performance in San Jose. â€œThis is not a hobby for him,â€? Tuohy said. â€œRodvĂŠ is rap.â€? His new mixtape, Mules and Camels, is now available at Hulkshare.com and Hotnewhiphop.com, and most of his music can be found on YouTube. â€œI see him making it big,â€? Tuohy said. â€œHe has the drive and the passion to make it happen.â€? As for where he envisions his rap career in the coming future, Lewis is eyeing success. â€œI hope to release my first album in 2012 or 2013, national recognition in 2014 and world tour in 2015,â€? he said. â€œMaybe Oprah in 2016.â€?
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performer John 30. Fishing need 31. Ready to swing 32. Bill worth 10 sawbucks 33. Played around (with) 35. â€œNow, about ...â€? 36. Taj Mahal city 38. Kind of common stock 39. â€œUntrue!â€? 44. Not alive yet 45. Midnight meeting of witches 46. Call again, in poker 47. Dwarf of fable 48. Fruit-ďŹ lled pastry 49. Jekyllâ€™s counterpart 50. Asian sashes 51. St. Johnâ€™s ___ (herbal remedy) 52. Drug smuggler 53. Produced offspring 54. â€œGood heavens!â€? 55. Make another version 56. Distress signal
Thursday, September 29, 2011
‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’: We know, don’t care There is no excuse for always being late By Jesse Jones
For some reason it is not shocking that it took an African-American President to repeal the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. After 18 years of being forced to hide who they really are, service men and women are now allowed to be their true selves. “As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love,” President Obama said in a statement on Sept. 20, 2011. This policy was a blatant showing of hatred towards homosexuals. If you are gay you
are not allowed to serve and protect the country that you love, a country that supposedly says you have the freedom to be who you want to be. Ever since this policy was put into effect in 1993 around 14,000 service men and women have been discharged from the military for being homosexual. These people that were forced out of their career will now be allowed to re-enlist back into the job they once had. Their rehiring, however, cannot be guaranteed because of the fact that people have been enlisting in the military more lately, due to the poor economy. Even people who are exmilitary that were not kicked out for sexual orientation are having trouble re-enlisting. I personally believe it has been a long time coming that homosexuals should be allowed to serve openly in the military.
I mean, they already served before the repeal of this policy and the military did just fine. It’s not like allowing gays to serve openly means the military is going to send it to hell in a handbag. It seems as if a lot of the people who oppose gays in the military fear the integrity of the military will be ruined. Just to inform those people the integrity of the military was compromised with such acts as Abu Ghraib, mass murders in Afghanistan and Iraq, waterboarding, and many other instances of acts of hatred towards the human race. Just because someone is homosexual does not mean they are going to try and paint our tanks pink with flowers. This policy ruined the careers of many soldiers serving their country. They tried serving their country when many would not and they were run
out because of the fear of their sexual orientation. These men and women tried to serve their country with pride and were thrown out with the utmost disrespect. This is just pure hatred and ignorance of a group of people. Before anyone decides to complain about me not knowing what it is like to serve in the military, I served for four years in the Army Infantry. I did my tour in Iraq for 15 months. I will tell you now, neither I nor the men and women I served with could care less if someone was gay or not. Also, before people start saying the only reason I am writing this is because I am gay, hate to burst your bubble — I am straight. I just don’t care if someone is gay or straight. Because no matter what their sexual orientation they are still a person and that, my friend, is all that matters.
The world won’t accept that I’m straight The final frontier for freedom in this supposedly liberal country of ours is homosexual rights. A week ago, men and women who serve in the United States military were allowed at last to be open about themselves. The long-standing rule of thumb known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was dropped, making it OK at last for gays and lesbians to come out of the closet to their peers and superiors. Meanwhile, states across the nation are putting gay marriage on the table for discussion, whether it be to decide to change the law (like in New York, Massachusetts and Iowa) or to dismiss it in a vote (like Proposition 8 in California, which still has appeals ongoing). I believe this alteration in American attitude toward acceptance of love no matter the sexual orientation is a fantastic shift. Apparently, such a belief by a straight guy like me can come off as admittance to homosexuality. All my life, I’ve had to come out of the closet as straight. In high school, I was a member of the Gay-Straight Alliance club on campus. Note that the word “straight” is in there. I called myself an ally of homosexuals — but in a conservative place like where I grew up, anyone who is not die-hard, never-say-gay heterosexual was categorized as a “homo.” Actually, saying “gay” wasn’t a faux pas in Rocklin. The term was often used as a snide way to say something was stupid. It became popular slang and I continually stuck up for nixing it.
By Daniel Herberholz
Since I had several gay friends, and I take people’s words seriously, I asked people who said it to instead say “stupid” because that is what they meant. A simple request, I figured. But almost without fail, it garnered a look that dripped with judgment — judgment that perhaps I was asking because I was gay. This truly bothered me. Why in the hell must my justification for deflecting a derogatory term be that I’m a flaming homosexual? I admit, there may be other reasons for people to perceive me as something I’m not. I like to dress nicely. I have a friendly personality, which is often seen as flirtatious. I can relate to and befriend those around me, including women — something not every guy can do. I share my feelings. I am not afraid to admit that I well up and nearly cry every time I see the car crash in “Remember the Titans.” In essence, I break a variety of social norms and since I don’t fit the mold, I’ve often been stereotyped as queer — AKA gay. Unfortunately, this personal issue pervades the mere perception others have of me. Gay guys tend to hit on me, and sometimes it gets out of hand. One particular incident from my freshman year here at SJSU comes to mind. While on the phone, walking around
the Campus Village courtyard, I was approached by a tall man (we’ll call him Tyler) who was intrigued by the Obama ‘08 shirt I was wearing. Harmless enough, but afterwards he began to visit Royce Hall in part to see me. During a RA-sponsored program to watch the TV show “Heroes,” Tyler waltzed over to the common room couches and plopped himself next to me, half facing the television and half facing me. I was immediately uncomfortable, and even more so when I laughed loudly and he whispered something to me about it. After the show was over I went over to the courtesy desk, and wound up sharing ID cards with the office assistant. Tyler found his way over as well, and engaged in the sharing. Then he left Royce. I sat down on the couch in an exasperated huff and went to check my wallet — only to find that my ID was gone. Upon texting Tyler to ask if he knew where my card went, he responded: “I have it ;).” Creepy. He then invited me over to his apartment, because he “wanted to show me his room.” Why must this happen to me? My mom, who I love to death, used to always tell me: “Daniel, it’s OK if you’re gay.” All she meant was that I can be who I want, regardless of social pressures. But without fail my response to her was what I say to the world: I AM NOT GAY. See, I just had to come out of the closet as straight. Something is wrong here.
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I hate it when people are late, when certain events happen late, when things arrive late, and I hate being late. I get frustrated often, but it takes a lot to get me mad. But when I get mad, it’s usually because something happened late. Take waking up in the morning, for instance. A lot of people, especially students, are groggy when they wake up in the morning because they didn’t get enough sleep. Why? Because they slept late. So they hit the snooze button, sleep a little more, and they wake up late leaving little to no time to do things like cook breakfast or even take a shower before class. I get to school every day using public transportation. Since I use it so much, people naturally assume that I love the service. In actuality, I don’t. Why? The fact that we get it at no daily charge is great, but I hate that the bus is always late. Usually when the bus doesn’t come on time, I don’t get to class on time, so I end up being late when it isn’t my fault. Then I realize that it definitely is my fault because I probably should’ve prepared for an earlier bus knowing that it would be late. After that, I realize I overthink things and begin to get mad at myself. That whole phenomenon is as frustrating to think about as it is confusing. One of the things that I do in my spare time, which only occurs when nothing is going on late, is teach Filipino folk dance to both high school and college students, as well as families paying me to teach for future events. As a teacher, one of my policies is to never be late. When people show up late, I don’t catch them up on what they missed. I just expect them to learn on their own or from others who took the time to not be late. I use the Filipino dancing example not only to illustrate my point, but to address something else: “Filipino time.” “Filipino time” is an excuse that people in my ethnicity use when they’re late. I never even learned this term until my junior year of high school when I joined the school’s Filipino club. Everyone in the club used that term so freely when being late. I’d be showing up to
all sorts of events early and on time and would often have to wait half an hour (or even an hour) before the events even began. That made me sick to my stomach. When I took over the club my senior year, I had a very strict no tardy rule. For every 10 minutes someone was late, they’d donate a dollar. Yes, it’s a lot of money, but during that time membership was at its highest, so the shrewd businessman in me took advantage. When people show up late to something organized, whether it’s organized by others or organized by myself, I take it personally. People actually bother to ask why I get so upset with tardiness. There are a variety of reasons why I get upset, but the main reason is time. “Time is a luxury not a lot of people have.” As cliché as that statement is, it’s true for pretty much everyone. Granted, there are plenty of good reasons why people or things arrive late. A lot of factors before each given event can be driven out of control. Tires can go flat. Dogs can go unfed. Buses can be behind schedule. I fully acknowledge this, but “good” reasons such as these are not an acceptable excuse in this day and age where instant communication is available to pretty much every normal person. If someone is going to be late someplace, and they know it, they should make the effort to contact the host. With modern telecommunications and the internet, there really is no excuse. While the “good” reasons for tardiness exist, there are still “bad” reasons. For those of you who are constantly “fashionably late,” I’m talking about you. I’m talking about the people who show up late because they’re held under a different standard. In my dance classes, I’ve had students show up late because they don’t want to go over the basics or they don’t want to stretch. For people of that sort, I normally make them rehearse first in front of everybody and allow everyone else who came in early to make fun of them. Is it harsh? It sure is, but keep in mind that being late on purpose with no reasonable explanation means you’re taking the time away from everybody else who showed up on time. When it comes to losing time, everybody hates it. With that in mind, do me, everybody else, and yourselves favor: don’t be late.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
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Department of Physics and Astronomy Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 4:30 p.m. Science Building room 164
NASA’s Earth Observations of the Global Environment Lecture by Dr. Michael King Sustainability Matters Speakers Series Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 3 to 4:30 p.m. Morris Dailey Auditorium
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SJSU sociology professor Harry Edwards addressed 300 students protesting against the Bakke decision. In the Bakke decision, the California Supreme Court ruled that it was illegal for whites to be discriminated against under minority admissions programs. Edwards spoke out against the decision and was one of 76 blacks on campus, 65 of which were there because of sports scholarships. Edwards said he didn’t need to take any tests to enter the school and got in because he could “play ball and throw a discus.” The Spartan soccer team was on a six game winning streak, looking for a seventh when they were set to face Stanford that weekend.
Veterans Student Organization President Damian Bramlett and Executive Vice President David Richardson speak to veterans during the VSO’s first meeting on Wednesday in the Ohlone room at the Student Union. Photo by Jesse Jones / Spartan Daily
VETERANS: Class teaches how to cope with lack of structure FROM PAGE 1 ing from military to civilian life, she said. “The discussion groups gave us lots of insight into the needs of veterans in their own words,” Klaw said. In order to address these issues, Klaw said there needed to be a course that any student veteran on campus could take. Demers and Klaw got together to propose a course and a curriculum that would deal with transitioning home, into college and civilian relationships. The class was approved by the department of undergraduate studies this spring to be offered as a Fall 2011 course, Demers said. Junior health administration major Tim Saechao spent five years in the Navy as a hospital corpsman and is enrolled in the Warriors at Home class. “It was a big culture shock, when I first got to boot camp,” Saechao said. “I wasn’t used to having people yell at me in my face, going to bed at nine o’clock every night and getting up at four-thirty, five in the morning.” After boot camp, everything settled down and Saechao said he made a lot of friends while in the Navy who he is still friends with today. Saechao said he feels that this class could be helpful for student veterans. “Some of the stuff that we learned just recently would have been very valuable if I would have known before my last relationship,” Saechao said. David Richardson, a student assistant, helped Klaw with the class as well. Richardson said he was in
the Marines for four and a half years, applied for a position as a Marine security guard, and remained in that position for three years. “I’ve been giving my input as a vet and going through the material that Dr. Klaw at the time was prospectively looking at for course material, textbooks articles and whatnot,” Richardson said. Richardson read the material and gave his feedback and input to Klaw. “Some of the stuff I wasn’t too thrilled with and luckily that stuff didn’t make it into the class,” Richardson said. “Some of the stuff was fairly negative, conveying that stereotypical person that’s probably in the military, I just thought it was going to go over well.” Mark Pinto is also a student in the Warriors at Home class and a graduate student in the master of fine arts program. He said he served in the Marines for 20 years and joined to achieve his dream of becoming a helicopter pilot. “Achieving the goal of becoming a pilot was a very rewarding thing, and then after that I think you realize that it’s like a lot of dreams,” Pinto said. “Flying is wonderful but there’s a lot of work that goes into it and it becomes a job.” When Pinto left the military, he said the greatest transition that he had to deal with was no longer having structure. After getting out he said he thought he would take advantage of his GI Bill. “I had time and I had an opportunity to go to school and said ‘I may as well go back, and I love photography’ so I tried to get my masters in photography
so I’m in the MFA program,” Pinto said. Richardson said it is a shock for some veterans being on campus because there is not the same structure in civilian life as their is in the military. “It’s difficult having that much structure and having it pulled away from you,” Richardson said. “I’ve been out 10 years and it’s still ingrained.” Pinto said even though he is not a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom, he joined the class so he could become more aware of what these veterans are going through on the campus. “This class is kind of a way to plug them in to the services that are available,” Pinto said. Ningcam Chung, junior justice studies major, is also enrolled in the Warriors at Home class and served in the Army for three years. “The three years I probably learned a lot more about myself and who I am and who I want to become than if I went to community college right after high school,” he said. Chung said when he first got out of the military he did have trouble transitioning into a college atmosphere. “I pretty much did everything by myself,” Chung said. “I went to school, I went to study, to the mall, to the movies, I didn’t socialize as much as I did before I went in.” Chung said he wasn’t sure if that behavior was normal, but the reason Chung joined the class is simple. “I was hoping to have an easier time dealing with other students,” Chung said. “I pretty much speak more in this class than other classes.”
SCHOLARS: NCAA limits scholarships FROM PAGE 1 each student-athlete receiving scholarships as long as they are working towards their degree, he said. When it comes to the actual amount of scholarships at SJSU, each team is governed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA. The NCAA is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics, and it oversees all athletic teams in every college around the country, according to their website. A part of their governance is allotting each team in those colleges a certain amount of scholarships per team, as well as imposing limits on the total funds each team and its players can receive in each sport that the school raises money for throughout the year. According to the NCAA website, scholarship limitations fall into two categories: “headcount” and “equivalency.” “Head-count” refers to limiting the total number of individuals who can receive athletic scholarships from one school, and “equivalency” limits the total financial aid
that can be distributed in a given sport, according to the website. “(SJSU) abide(s) by the Division 1-A standards,” said Lawrence Fan, the SJSU Athletics media relations director. Baseball is awarded 11 scholarship players on their roster, men’s basketball is allowed 13 and men’s soccer can have 10, according to documents from the Spartan Foundation. For women’s sports, basketball is allowed 15, soccer is allowed 14 and gymnastics can have 12 scholarship athletes, according to documents from the foundation. “The Spartan Foundation does not determine how many scholarships there are for each team,” said David Sablocik, the executive director of Spartan Foundation. The football team, with their roster tallied at 103 players, is allowed to give 85 of those players financial aid through scholarships handed out by the Spartan Foundation, according to documents from the foundation. “It’s the maximum amount
of scholarships allotted by Division 1-A,” Poch said. The one problem that has arisen in the past few years for the Spartan Foundation and other organizations like it are tuition increases, he said. As tuition increases, so does the amount of money needed to fund a scholarship recipient at SJSU, Poch said. “It’s a struggle,” he said. “Scholarship funds are volunteered by donors and nothing more.” Tuition has increased 177 percent over the past decade, according to the Spartan Foundation. The organization contributes all money raised for the Spartan Foundation Annual Scholarship towards the student-athletes at SJSU, which means they rely solely on sponsors and donors to fund these collegiate athletes. “It is a matter of looking for new people to support Spartan Athletics,” said Sabolcik. Poch said the foundation relies more than ever on these donors to fund these student athletes in tough economic times.