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Deadlines closing for exchange programs CALLI PEREZ Staff Writer

Although time is running out to apply, SJSU offers students a chance to broaden their horizons by studying in foreign countries, said a study abroad adviser. “The spring deadline for our international student exchange program already past, but our bilateral programs are still open through Oct. 2 to apply for the spring semester,” Veronica Malki said. According to the campus study abroad department brochure, SJSU students have the opportunity to study abroad through six different programs in more than 40 countries. Applying and organizing paperwork prior to one’s time abroad can be a process which students must tend to the semester before they plan to depart, Malki said. She said she studied abroad in Granada, Spain for a year. “I recommend students to go abroad for a year as opposed to a semester,” Malki said. “I get a lot of e-mails from students abroad asking to extend their visas into the next semester and I do what I can to help them. When you are there for just a semester, once you are comfortable and feel at home, it is time to leave.” Amanda Grunwald, a senior political science major, said she studied abroad for a year in 2009-2010 in France. “It was really, really great,” she said. “I

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Students fight budget cuts with sarcasm JEN NOWELL Staff Writer

With fliers ready, signs painted and a bullhorn in hand, the Students for Quality Education chose the high-traffic area in front of Clark Hall to hold two protests in two days. At the 15-minute protests on both Tuesday and Wednesday, about eight members showed up to take part. The group was protesting bud-

Fair promotes student involvement


school,” senior hospitality major Ming Renwick said. Cassandra Acosta, a junior mechanical engineering major, said it is hard for students to find a club on their own because most of the time, with so many different fliers, they never know who to contact, but to meet face to face they can form an instant connection.


Students who attended Wednesday’s Student Organization Faire entertained themselves with a number of activities that included salsa dancing, sword fighting, painting and free popsicles. Each organization was divided into sections— club sports, academic and honorary, cultural and religious, special interest and fraternities and sororities, according to the fair passport. “SJSU has more than 300 organizations and this is a chance for them to come out and meet the student body, especially new students and transfer students,” said Lindsey Huffman, a senior business marketing major. Since SJSU is known to be a commuter school, the fair was an opportunity for students to learn to be more involved and reach out to other students with similar interest, Huffman, who works for student involvement, said. “It has helped me find new friends in volleyball and get me interested and more involved with

“Being involved has helped me because I know that when I go to school there’s all these different things I want to be a part of so it keeps me motivated and it keeps me meeting other people who can potentially help me out if I am doing badly,” Acosta said.

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started at San Diego State, said the group’s vice president, Herlinda Aguirra. The original protestors were hoping to get students’ attention in a new and interesting way, Aquirra, a junior art history major, said. “Higher-middle class taxpayers believe students are lazy and don’t want to work for their education funds,” she said. Aguirra said she believes just the

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SJSU Earth Science Institute boosted by donations


get cuts, with their slogan, “Billionaires for Fee Hikes!” “It gets people thinking,” Joe Tran, a senior sociology major, said. “Throw ironic things out there and you will get their attention.” Carrying a bullhorn, Tran, the group’s president, led the chants, “Billionaires united, will never be divided! ... Tax the workers, tax the poor! Give the rich something more!” as student protestors yelled along. The idea for the “reverse” protest


equip them with supplies that will better enable them to teach their classes, he said. The Bay Area Earth Science Institute These workshops consist of lectures at SJSU recently received thousands of and field trips, where Sedlock said the dollars to continue teachers have a chance training teachers of to observe and expegrades 4-12 in areas of rience firsthand the earth science, accordsubject they are going ing to an SJSU news to be relaying to their (The release. students. workshops) Chevron Corp. and He said teachers Intel Corp. have each can also obtain profeshave been donated $166,000 and sional development incredibly $50,000, according to credits by attending useful for me the news release. the events. “Over the last 15 “(The workshops) on a number years, we’ve worked have been incredof levels. with 2,000 teachers ibly useful for me on a representing schools number of levels,” said GREG SPEAR from districts throughGreg Spear, a teachHarbor High School Teacher out the Bay Area,” said er at Harbor High Richard Sedlock, proSchool in Santa Cruz. fessor and chairman of “You have no idea how the SJSU geology devaluable this is. They partment. make the classrooms The institute offers workshops ap- enjoyable and help the teacher make the proximately once a month that are science come to life.” designed to enhance the teachers’ understanding of the materials and See SCIENCE Page 4 Staff Writer


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• Workshop informs faculty on research proposal submissions 2 • Students volunteer in community action class 2 • Student book discussion welcomes ‘Part-Time Indian’ 3 • CAMPUS VOICES: What do you do to save money? 3 • Haitians receive help from SJSU students 8


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Students volunteer in ABROAD community action class From Page 1

ALEX SPICER Staff Writer

“Get Engaged in Learning” is a community action and service class that is providing an opportunity for students to get the credits they need to graduate and volunteer with local organizations and programs, according to the class brochure. The course isn’t just about showing up at sites and volunteering, said Lecturer Brandon Gainer, one of the two instructors of the course. It’s about understanding their identity, relative to others, he said. It’s about how ethnicity and culture factor into identifying ourselves and others, Gainer said. “The students feel empathy and compassion for those who probably are less fortunate than those who are here serving,” he said. “It’s not just thinking about doing some sort of charity, it’s actually doing some sort of service action. We believe we’ve made a difference in the schools and programs that we served.” The second instructor, Michael Fallon, said the course is listed as “Community Action and Service 157” and gives many different colleges the option of fulfilling the Area S in their graduation requirements, in a way that’s a little more handson than other courses. According to the brochure, the class provides community service opportunities that include tutoring, after-school programs, work with

Workshop informs faculty on research proposal submissions ALEXANDRA RUIZ-HUIDOBRO

grant from the U.S. Department of Labor,” Dittman said. In the 25 years Carmo has been with the The SJSU Research Foundation held a work- foundation, she said she has seen cycles where shop Wednesday, specifically geared toward fac- federal funding is in favor and when it’s not so ulty. much. According to the SJSU website, the seminar “In this last year we saw an influx of federal was located in the engineering building and pro- stimulus dollars and so obviously federal fundvided lunch and refreshments to faculty looking ing itself is more available than it has been in prefor more information on how to submit a pro- vious years, but it could be that next year some of posal to the SJSU Research Foundation. the funding will not be as well funded,” Carmo “The research foundation has been organized said. to, in a very summarized statement, help faculty Pamela Stacks, associate vice president of succeed with their research engraduate studies and research, deavors,” said Jerri Carmo, the said she was also present at the deputy chief operating officer. workshop Wednesday afterStudents can benefit from it noon. as well, she said. The foundation is critical to Many “Many students are emSJSU, said Stacks, interim Presistudents are ployed off of these research dent Kassing’s designee to apgrants,” Carmo said. “It’s a diemployed prove all proposals for faculty rect source of funding to them research projects. off of these because it may provide them It provides a lot of external research with salaries.” funding for research projects Pritish Somvanshi,a graduate that are done at SJSU, Stacks grants. student in electrical engineersaid. JERRI CARMO ing, said he thinks the foundaStacks said the projects emDeputy Chief tion is beneficial for SJSU stuploy research assistants, so students. dents can help faculty with their Operating Officer “We are here to gain some work. practical experience, practi“We actually have found cal skills, so that we can utilize out that, as part of best practhem later on in our careers,” tices that, students who are inSomvanshi said. volved in research projects actually have a higher Rhyan Piedad, a senior civil engineer major, chance of being retained in their major and also said he doesn’t necessarily need the help of the graduating,” Stacks said. “And so it really enables foundation but it’s a good resource to have. students to find out what are the forefronts of “I’ve had an internship for a while and I’ve the area that they are in.” gotten experience through there,” Piedad said. Akshay Mangrulkar, a graduate student in “But it’s something I would take advantage of if I electrical engineering, said working for a reneeded the experience.” search project is something he would definitely They have over $60 million in awards coming look into, especially as a graduate student. in and have processed over 400 applications this “When you think about projects, they don’t year, said Jeanne Dittman, associate director of have much funding and then you end up doing the office of sponsored programs for the founda- nothing with the ideas you have,” Dahale said. tion. “So when you have funding on the project it will “We have have recently received a $5 million be beneficial to the student as well as the college.” Staff Writer

recent immigrants and children and providing service to low-income and homeless families and seniors seeking jobs, food and educational opportunities. During the semester, students complete a minimum of 48 hours of community service at one of several partner organizations, which include Sacred Heart, Third Street and Project SHINE, said Fallon, the director of community and leadership. Project SHINE, which stand for “Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders,” is a program that allows students to aid primarily Asian immigrants who often speak little English, he said. Senior and sociology major Monique Mayahara, said she enrolled in the course because she needed to graduate, but also because she enjoys volunteering. “I needed to find an organization to get interested in so it was a good opportunity,” she said. Robert Luna, a senior mechanical engineering major, said the service learning aspect gets you outside of the classroom. “I’m involved with the Third Street program, which is after school programs, tutoring and mentoring for children and

adults,” he said. The course also gives students a better understanding of the community around them, Gainer said. “It helps students understand the great economical disparities that are present in the Silicon Valley, and I think they come away with a better understanding of what poverty really is,” Gainer said. Gainer said that it was rare for a student to come out of the program with a bad experience, and would recommend it to any student who has the time to fit it into his or her schedule. It’s not unusual to see former students get further involved with the organizations, even after they complete the course, Fallon said. Isabelle Daluz, who previously took the course, said she is interning with Project SHINE and is aiding the students taking the course with their weekly group seminars, which give the students a chance to reflect on their experiences while volunteering. “It’s a very rewarding and worthwhile experience,” Daluz said. “I was able to make a lot of friends there. Helping out the elderly is a good experience.”

met people from all over the world. I studied with professors from all over the world and I learned a lot about Europe and about politics there. I also got a really fresh view of the United States and our politics and culture here.” SJSU not only sends students abroad, but also is home to international students, according to junior engineering major Helder Faria e Dias. “I am from Brazil,” Faria e Dias said. “I have been here for about a month. I am studying computer engineering here for the semester, which is why I chose San Jose, and I am hoping to extend my visa to stay longer here.” Faria e Dias said he is staying in the International House and transferred from Federal University of Itajuba in Brazil. “For students who are interested in going abroad next semester or next year, there are information meetings at different times everyday this week and next week,” Malki said. She said all meetings are held in Clark Hall 101, and there is a Study Abroad Fair at 7th street Plaza on Sept. 7 from 10 am-2 pm. When it comes to studying in a foreign country, “You’re learning a lot inside of the classroom and outside of the classroom,” Grunwald said. “And socially in terms of life you learn how to do things, how to overcome obstacles, how to overcome challenges and you realize you’re a stronger person than you thought you were. “I think both academically and personally it is one of the most enriching experiences. I ended up leaving with a completely different idea of who I am and who the world is.”


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I guess limiting the amount of times a week I eat out, and cooking a lot more. I like to cook bulk so I can keep it a few days.


I walk or take a bike pretty much everywhere I can, or public transportation around here, that way you get your physical activity in. It adds up after a while.


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I noticed that I spend money the most on eating out, so I really, really try to eat at home, and I live close to campus. Sometimes, I won’t bring my wallet out or my debit card.

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Student book discussion welcomes ‘Part-Time Indian’ Staff Writer

Arnold Spirit is a nerdy, eccentric Spokane Indian. He doesn’t fit in with the others on the reservation, he gets picked on and when he chooses to go to an all-white high school 20 miles away, he’s treated like a poor outcast. Most people who read Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” won’t be a lonely Native Americans in an all-white school. Still, the book’s subject matter of not fitting in is relatable to many young people, said Annette Nellen, director of the Campus Reading Program. It’s because of this and its ability to engage readers that Alexie’s book was selected by the reading program for discussion this semester, Nellen said. The Campus Reading Program, aimed at building a culture of reading at SJSU, will have 15 discussion meetings throughout the semester, according to the program’s online calendar. Meetings will be held in Clark Hall Room 100H, with a special meeting in the Bell area by Morris Dailey Auditorium on Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., also according to the program calendar. “We say reading guides the journey of life-long learning,” Nellen said. Alexie’s first attempt at youth literature has received plenty of attention. It was a 2007 National Book Award winner, Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and New York Times

Notable Children’s Book. But not all the attention has been positive. In April, the Stockton, Mo., school board banned the book, citing vulgar and racial language, sexual situations and violence, according to an Aug. 15 article in the Springfield, Mo., NewsLeader. At Crook County High

It gave insight into another culture that you wouldn’t expect to hear about.


DARIUS GHASSEMIAN Junior business accounting

School in Oregon, the book was removed from shelves in December of 2008, and at Antioch High School near Chicago, parents tried to get the book banned in June, according to a June 22, 2009, article in the Chicago Tribune. Darius Ghassemian, one of the students discussing the book Tuesday, said its content is relevant for today’s young people. “It gave insight into another culture that you wouldn’t expect to hear about,” the senior business accounting major said. Being part African-Amer-

ican and part Persian, Ghassemian said he understood Arnold’s troubles fitting in. “He didn’t feel like he had any identity on the reservation or in the white world,” he said. “So I felt like I could identify with that.” Ghassemian said reading program discussions give people a venue to identify with the book and each other. “I think that this is very beneficial, because you get to discuss, you get to compare and contrast different ideas with different people,” he said. “You can see where people differ.” Part-Time Indian was given to all freshman who attended summer orientation, but Nellen said everybody is welcome to join discussions. Freshman hospitality major Anastasia Kwa said being a part of the discussions gives her a different perspective. “I liked the book because it was a really easy read,” she said. “And it shows a lot about Indians that a lot of books don’t have.” “Smoke Signals,” a screenplay written by Alexie, was shown earlier this week in Duncan Hall to help bring attention to the reading program’s book of the semester, Nellen said. The movie, a spiritual journey for another young Native American, was an Audience Award winner at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. It parallels a portion of Alexie’s own childhood on a reservation, according to Alexie’s website, “The main character in the movie is kind of like the main character in the book,” Nellen said.

To be honest, I try to be as frugal as possible. I avoid outside eating and, yes, of course I use the public transportation. I guess that’s about it

Freshman Kinesiology

I promote the use and expansion of public banks — and I’m thinking longterm. The state of California has this budget crisis. It’s completely manufactured

I walk instead of drive a car, and I use a Brita instead of water bottles.

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Bria Sterling, a senior theater arts major, said it is beneficial for students to attend such activities because they are good networking tools. “It’s beneficial for students because they’re able to find out what other opportunities they have and to meet new people and if they’re interested in other fields other than their major,” Sterling said. For incoming freshman and transfer students, who are not familiar with the school and do not have many friends, attending the fair will help them meet new people, sophmore nursing major Navdeep Dhillion said. “My first semester I didn’t join anything at all,” Dhillion said. “I only went to class and went home, but by my second semester I met a lot of people by joining the organization that I did and it has opened up my eyes to different things that I can do on campus.” Senior marketing major Fadi Ardi said it’s a good way for organizations to get more exposure. “We are usually only in front of (Boccardo Business Complex), so to get in front of Seventh Street plaza we really get a chance to get a whole different kind of student base to come,” Ardi said. Senior computer science major, Max Shpungin said he wasn’t involved when he first started out, but he is glad he joined an organization. “I didn’t go to this fair when I was first starting out because I had so much going on already,” said Shpungin. “It’s a good opportunity for us to show everyone what we do.” Huffman said it is a good way for all students to meet student organizations and stay involved on campus. “The fair teaches students it’s good to get involved,” Huffman said.


Over the last several years, Sedlock said the institute has received more than $200,000 from Chevron Corp., Intel Corp. and NASA combined. The Tower Foundation, located in Clark Hall, connects professors with any opportunities they come across, providing what Sedlock calls a “matchmaking service.” Susan Hansen, a sixthgrade math and earth science teacher at Cupertino Middle School, said that it is a nice change of pace to get out of the classroom and learn on her own time, and she is really appreciative of the companies that make this experience possible. “They give me new material in class that is fun and inspiring,” she said. “My goal is to inspire my students to be scientists and engineers.” Corinna Chung, a sixthgrade math and science teacher at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Cupertino, said she finds that not only are the materials and supplies invaluable, but so are the staff that runs these programs. She said she loves them so much that she has gone to all of the programs except one, and that was only because she had prior commitments. “All of the professors are enthusiastic and well prepared,” Chung said. “I love that the professors specialize in their field.”


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SJSU face a Tide of firsts against defending champs ALEX SPICER Staff Writer

Saturday evening’s season opener for the Spartan football team is going to be a game of firsts. SJSU will hit the road to take on last year’s national champions and the Associated Press No. 1 ranked University of Alabama for the first time in the school’s history. It will be SJSU head coach Mike MacIntyre’s first game as a head coach and as a member of the Spartan football coaching staff. And the 15 freshmen who will be making their debut as starters, will be experiencing their first taste against the best team college football has to offer. “We’re taking a young football team there,” MacIntyre said. “It’s going to be an exciting day for them. That’s kind of scary when you play that many freshman, but that also shows you that they’re pretty good.” Defeating Alabama would be an upset, but it wouldn’t be the first time MacIntyre has beat Alabama in their own house.

That was when he was a player with Vanderbilt, under his father’s guidance as head coach of the Commodores at the time. The Spartans will be facing formidable conditions in Alabama. “It’s humid and hot,” MacIntyre said.

said the team must have confidence in themselves if they want to win the game. “If we don’t, then there’s no point in showing up on game day,” he said. To prepare for the harsh physical and mental conditions, the team has had to resort to using a less-than-conventional practice routine. Extreme elements such as heat and deafening noise from the crowd have been counteracted by spending part of practice on the turf field, which MacIntyre says is about 10 degrees warmer ILLUSTRATION: HANNAH KEIRNS | SPARTAN DAILY than grass. Additionally, the “That stadium ... it doesn’t breathe. coaches have piped in music and pracThere’s no air that flows through there, ticed silent counts in order to prevent it’s like being in a huge dome. There’s penalties resulting from a lack of com102,000 fans heated up and singing munication between players. ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ at the top of The Spartans’ chances may look bettheir lungs.” ter following news that Alabama tailDespite this, MacIntyre said this is a back and 2009 Heisman Trophy winner task they will be able to overcome. Mark Ingram will not be playing in Sat“It’s kind of like the movie ‘Hoo- urday’s game, following a knee injury he siers,’” he said. “Once you get in be- suffered in practice Tuesday morning. tween the lines you’re just playing That’s good news for the Spartan football. That’s what they’ve got to un- defense, which will be led by seniors derstand.” SJSU quarterback Jordan La Secla See GAME Page 8

‘Mac’ inspires players, aspires for wins MELISSA SABILE

MacIntyre’s four Fs of football

Sports Edit Editor

When th the search committee contacted Mike MacIntyre for the position SJS new head football coach, MacIntyre said he was ready to of being SJSU’s take on the cchallenge. “It was som something I was looking for,” MacIntyre said. “I always aspired c to be a head coach one day, and I felt like a year ago I was ready to do that. When they ca called, I looked into it further, came out and looked at it and sa liked what I saw.” MacIntyre’s father, George, was formerly a head coach for both the UniTenn versity of Tennessee, Martin and Vanderbilt University. “It’s impacted me a lot,” he said. “I saw how he cared for young men and how they would come back and talk about how he helped them in their lives.” He said he remembers rem his father’s success and the ability he had to turn both the programs program around when they were doing poorly. “He turned Martin’s M program around when it was terrible and turned Vanderbilt’s program progr around when it was terrible,” he said. “It was something I saw him do and enjoyed watching him do.” MacIntyre said hhis coaching background helped influence his choice to take the position of head coach and he understands all the stress and pressure, the ups and downs, do and all the successes that come along with it. “I’ve been doing it i since I’ve been running around the football field since I was two or three,” he said. “I’ve gone to a million games, played myself, enjoyed playing, and ruled it as something I wanted to do.” SJSU Athletic Director Dire Tom Bowen said former head coach Dick Tomey put in motion what wh coach MacIntyre is continuing with the football program. “You’re seeing a coa coach now that’s going to take it to the next phase of a

FOUNDATION You have to build a foundation for the young men on and off the field — how he carried himself and how he conducts himself socially.

FAMILY We try and make a family atmosphere here, we care about each other and hold each other accountable. You learn responsibility and accountability, which you do if you have your own family — so we’re trying to teach them that.

FUTURE Academics is key for their future so we make sure it’s mandatory class, mandatory study hall, all the types of things there that we’re working with them. We started a bridge program for the freshmen this summer to give them a jump start.

FOOTBALL I think if they have the other three in line, when they come to football practice they’re focused and ready to go, and they will be able to be the best football players they can be.


Spartans seek to capitalize on ground game in 2010 season JOEY AKELEY

Senior Staff Writer

Quarterback Jordan La Secla said the mentality of the Spartans’ offense has changed from last season in one big way. “Last year we wanted to run,” he said. “This year we’re going to run.” La Secla said the Spartans’ offense often relied too much on the passing game last fall, which led to SJSU finishing 117th out of 120 in rushing yards per game in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. Starting running back Brandon Rutley said a strong run game is the key to the success of the offense.

“If we can develop that, a lot of things will open up as far as passing and being able to motion and having a lot of different looks out there,” he said. Rutley and running back Lamon Muldrow will receive the majority of handoffs for SJSU. Muldrow led the Spartans with 592 rushing yards and three touchdowns last fall. “He packs a lot behind him,” Rutley said about Muldrow. “He’ll knock some people over.” Rutley said his run style complements Muldrow’s. Offensive guard Isaac Leatiota said Muldrow is a more powerful, downhill runner whereas Rutley is more quick and elusive.

With the addition of running back David Freeman, a transfer from the University of Washington, Rutley said the three-man rotation could pay dividends for the Spartans’ ground attack. La Secla will lead the offense into Tuscaloosa, as he was announced to be the starting quarterback against Alabama on Aug. 25. Some familiar targets for La Secla to connect with are senior wide receiver Jalal Beauchman, junior wide receiver Josh Harrison and sophomore tight end Ryan Otten. Beauchman is the team’s returning leader in catches (35), receiving yards (378) and touchdowns (4) and Harrison had 35 catches last season to boot.

Harrison and Beauchman figure to play a more prominent role, now that last year’s leading receivers, Marquis Avery and Kevin Jurovich, are no longer on the team. “Those are big shoes to fill,” Beauchman said. “But with all the work that me and Jordan have put in, I’m pretty confident that we will have a good chemistry.” Beauchman said Otten could have a breakout season. “He’s almost night and day from last year,” Beauchman said. “You probably didn’t hear about him last year, but I feel you will hear a lot

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New defensive coordinator Kent Baer has his work cut out for him this season to improve a defense that allowed an average of 34.5 points against per game. A performance that earned them a ranking of 108 out of 120 Division-I schools. Baer said his biggest focus this summer was preparing the younger players for the upcoming football season. “I can’t say by any means that I am overly excited about how camp has gone,” Baer said. “But I am not disappointed at all either and that’s just the nature of a coach.” The defense returns seven starters from last season: Mohamed Marah, Pablo Garcia, Duke Ihenacho, Travis Johnson, Peyton Thompson, Tiuke Tuipulotu and Alex Germany. Baer said the team hasn’t begun to fully prepare for Alabama. “We have the last couple of practices,” he said, “but this time you know we are so young in so many spots. We have so much work to do. We are really focused on us.” The new starters on the defense for the upcoming season inlude Anthony Larceval, Vince Buhagiar, Kyler O’Neal and Brandon Driver. The Spartan defense is highlighted by its strong secondary, which finished 21st in the nation in pass defense. The unit returns this year with a deep and experienced group of players led by Duke Ihenacho, a first team AllWestern Athletic Conference defensive back. “He’s obviously one of the better players in this league,” Baer said. “He’s had some great games since I’ve been here and I ex-

pect a lot out of him.” Because of the team’s lack of experience, keeping Ihenacho healthy is important to the defense’s success. Many of the returning secondary players earned a significant amount of playing time last year, providing the Spartans with some experienced depth amongst the unit. Juniors Peyton Thompson and Brandon Driver are solid cover corners that should be able to give the front seven time to pressure opposing quarterbacks. The defensive line, coached by Hall of Fame defensive tackle Bryant Young, will get a fresh start with defensive tackle Pablo Garcia as the only returning starter. “(Young) emphasizes that we run to the ball, that we’re real passionate and we put a lot of hard work into practice,” Garcia said. Garcia picked up a team-leading four sacks last season along with 23 tackles, and may be called upon to help some of his new linemates adjust to Division-I football. “I basically just try to encourage guys a lot,” Garcia said. “Just tell them, ‘Hey good job, keep it up’ or if they don’t understand a play I’ll tell them, ‘This is how the defense works.’ And I’m also a student too, so I ask questions with coach and even other guys.” Junior transfer student JaRodd Watson did not earn a starting job despite a very impressive performance during spring practices. He will provide good rotation at the defensive tackle position. Sophomore Travis Johnson started the last four games of the season last year and will return in that role after posting solid numbers in 12 total games played. “We have just been sticking it out through camp which has been tough,” Johnson said.


Young defense draws from seniors


“So tough times bring people together, especially down in the trenches you get close pretty quick.” Johnson said the team has practiced on the field with crowd noises playing loud over the speakers to simulate the environment in Tuscaloosa. “A lot of the guys on this team, we’ve had the benefit of being able to play at places like Nebraska and USC and we’ve gotten the same feel of the pageantry and how crazy it can get with other fans,” Garcia said. Johnson said noise won’t be a problem for the defense, but the humid Alabama weather might. “We are just going to do as much as we can, play as hard as we can no matter win or lose; we just have to keep fighting every play,” he said. Although mostly untested, the defensive line will need to gain experience quickly with the Crimson Tide on the horizon. One consistant trait that the Spartans defense over the past few seasons is a porous run

defense. Last season the defense allowed over 250 yards rushing per game. The linebackers on the team don’t offer much in the way of starting experience either, but they must step up their play as well to improve the staggeringly bad run defense. Unfortunately, senior Pompey Festejo, who finished third on the team in tackles with 83, is out for the season forcing more youth into the team’s starting unit. Sophomore Kyler O’Neal and junior Tiuke Tuipulotu are the only returning linebackers. “They have worked hard and it’s been a lot of work,” said Baer. “Again it’s a lot of young guys -- a lot of young guys -- More than I have been around at one time.” Baer said having young players can be both a good and bad thing because they are energetic but lack experience. With a difficult schedule on the horizon and question marks all over the front seven, that energy may be all the Spartan defense has going for them.

Star safety Ihenacho casts his own shadow ISAIAH GUZMAN Staff Writer

When Duke Ihenacho arrived at SJSU four years ago, he said he was known simply as Carl’s younger brother. Carl had already been a defensive end here for a year and, according to the SJSU athletics website, was tied for the most tackles as a true freshman in 2006. “I was playing in his shadow at first,” Ihenacho said. “He had made a name for himself.” Well, Carl has graduated and Duke has made his own name. Entering his senior season at strong safety, Ihenacho is one of the most dominant players on the Spartans defense. His 89 tackles last year were second on the team and he is one of just four Spartans to receive back-to-back first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selections. “(Carl) not being here is positive and negative,” Ihenacho said. “Of course I love playing with my brother. I’m going to miss him, but at the same time I’m a player of my own, my own person.” Duke is on the Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List for the second year in a row and is ranked by the NFL Draft Scout website as the fourth-best strong safety entering the 2011 draft. “Duke is extremely important,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said of the 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior. “He’s a leader back there. He brings size and can strike you and has good range.” Duke and Carl played side by side for four years. They played one year together at Serra High School near Los Angeles and three years together on the Spartans defense. Carl, who was a twotime second-team All-WAC selection, graduated after last season and is currently recovering from a knee injury in hopes of working out

for an NFL team. “He’s his own man,” Carl said of Duke. “He’s always been his own man. In the end he may have picked some things up from me, but he was always his own man.” According to the SJSU athletics website, Duke Ihenacho had five interceptions as a sophomore, two of which he returned more than 40 yards for touchdowns. He had one pick off last season. “I need more picks,” he said. “I’m after about seven.” Duke also talks with confidence about the Spartans’ chances against defending national champion University of Alabama in the season opener on Saturday, despite the fact that the Spartans are coming off of a 2-10 season. “We’re ready to win,” he said. “We’re not going in to practice to see where we stand. We’re going in to win.” Duke says he got his competitive nature from playing one-onone basketball against Carl when they were growing up in Carson, Calif. “He was always bigger than me so we always fought,” Ihenacho said. “We had different personalities, but we were always the same kind of guy.” Senior offensive tackle John Konye said Ihenacho has stepped into the leadership role his older brother used to hold. “He’s a motivator,” Konye said. “He’s there to make sure no one underestimates themselves.” Carl said Duke never underestimated himself. “You watch him mature into the player that he is today and brother that he is today,” Carl said. “It’s a wonderful experience.”


Thursday, September 2, 2010


Versatile veteran looks to return for points DANIEL HERBERHOLZ

experience on defense in high school. “It’s definitely a change in pace because in college you’re really stuck to one position,” His eyes are on the sky and his hands are Rutley said. “So to switch over and acclimate at the ready. Within moments the pigskin will yourself to a whole new type of level of playing, drop from the former into the latter, and sev- I’m excited to even try it.” eral 200-plus-pound men in pads will rumble There is one more role Rutley can have on downfield with the intent of slamming into the team. him. “He brings a sense of leadership,” senior During football practice on Aug. 27, Bran- tight end Ray Rodriguez said. don Rutley took a punt from the big blue overRutley already has his eyes set on a few of head and stepped left — moving into position the younger players, including linebacker Keith to tear through the oncoming onslaught and Smith and wide receivers Doug Parrish and swing the ball up the right sideline past all of Kyle Nunn. the defenders. Watching out for those younger than him “My focus is on catching the ball, and then is nothing new to Rutley, as he spent his high what I’m going to do after,” said Rutley, who school summers helping at a youth sports had the second highest kick return average in camp. the Western Athletic Conference last season. “He always worked with the rec departTime and time again, ments and the elementary professional and collegiate schools,” said Dave Silveira, kick returners have nabbed Rutley’s high school head the ball from above just coach. “As you can imagine, before getting crushed by he was a big hero to many We have this defensive gunners — peryoung Martinez kids.” haps even coughing up the This is partly because of mentality as rock. The reverse of this how hard Rutley works, he though we can comes when the returner said. compete with busts through the first line “I always talked to him of special teams to blast and said, ‘It’s very imporanybody ... the ball to the house. tant that the best players Honestly, When Rutley’s eyes work the hardest’ and he aland hands are waiting for ways bought into that,” Sila ranking a kick to fall to earth, the veira said. “He was always doesn’t matter junior would like nothing very popular with his teamto us — at the more than to finish with mates because he worked six points. hard, and that’s why he’s end of the day, “I would love to run gotten where he is.” they put their them back, definitely,” he Rodriguez also said Rutsaid. “The goal is to secure ley is a spokesman for the pants on just the catch and get as much team. like we do. yards as possible. I can’t do “Off the field he’s a good it without my teammates leader,” MacIntyre said. BRANDON RUTLEY — if the blocks are there, “He’s a very charismatic, Junior running back we’ll make something hapfun-loving guy. He brings pen for sure.” a lot of energy to the team.” Head coach Mike MaMacIntyre’s assessment cIntyre said he hopes fits well into how Rutley Rutley does just that, as envisions himself. he switches from kick re“I’d like to leave a legacy turner last season to full-time punt returner in of being a leader, of motivating the team,” Rutthis campaign. ley said. “I’d like to be known as someone that’s “On the football field, (Rutley) brings the all for the team and about the team.” ability to make plays on his own with his feet ... The team has improved overall in the offseato make things happen,” MacIntyre said. son, he said. This holds true outside on the green grass “We have a new mindset, a new swag out during SJSU games, as well as on a television there,” Rutley said. “We have this mentality as screen while Rutley plays EA Sports’ NCAA though we can compete with anybody.” Football — his favorite video game. This is how he approaches facing four naInstead of playing as himself, Rutley said he tionally ranked teams this season. likes to create new players. “Honestly, a ranking doesn’t matter to us — “That’s more fun to me, because you can fix at the end of the day, they put their pants on them all up and do all kinds of stuff,” he said. just like we do,” he said. “Just making someone that doesn’t exist is fun In the two years that Rutley has put Spartan because they’re an up-and-coming person.” pants on, he has returned kicks for almost 1500 In 2010, Rutley himself may be the up-and- yards and rushed for five touchdowns. Playcomer with all the fixings — a running back ing alongside SJSU star Yonus Davis, who was who returns punts, and also covers the slot re- a two-time second-team All-WAC selection, ceiver as a member of the secondary. Rutley took 79 rushes for 356 yards and three “If we can get him into the secondary, he’ll touchdowns. make some plays,” MacIntyre said. “He’s a good Rutley said he and Yonus built a close relaathlete that can cover a receiver. We need all the tionship. guys that we can like that.” “He would always talk to me and tell me Rutley added that he is excited to switch how the game is faster and how you only have a from unit to unit. split second to hit the hole because it closes up “It’s a good role, to go from offense, defense, that fast,” Rutley said. “He definitely spit a lot special teams,” he said. “Whatever I can do to of knowledge to me about the game, and I was help the team.” able to develop some of my skills (that way).” The junior also noted that he will draw from While Rutley has yet to return a kick to the Sports Editor

OFFENSE From Page 5 about him this year because he’s been making plays in practice.” Beauchman said he expects Rutley to line up all over the field and contribute to the passing game. “He’s a very explosive player,” Beauchman said. “We will put him out there to different things just because he is so athletic.” Head coach Mike MacIntyre said wide receiver James Orth, a converted defensive back who caught a touchdown pass from La Secla in the team’s last scrimmage on Aug. 21, could emerge as a threat for the offense. “We thought he was someone who could help us out on offense and be able to produce and he’s someone I hope does make some plays for us,” he said. MacIntyre said junior quarterback Matt Faulkner will play at least one series in the first half against Alabama and he plans to play both quarterbacks for weeks to come. “You’re only one play away from playing all the downs,” MacIntyre said about playing two quarterbacks. “Quarterbacks get hit a lot more

than they used to, the way defenses blitz and different things you do on offense. At the same time I want the guy who’s not starting the game on edge and preparing.” MacIntyre said the way Faulkner commands the huddle stands out, but he ultimately chose the senior laden La Secla as the team’s starting quarterback. “Matt Faulkner is still right there close,” MacIntyre said. “I kind of call it 1A and 1B.” Isaac Leatiota said the coaching staff has confidence in the offensive line, which will start three seniors, center Robbie Reed, right guard Ailao Eliapo and Leatiota, as well as junior Andres Vargas at right tackle and sophomore David Quessenberry at left tackle. Leatiota, who’s started 30 games in his career at SJSU, said the offensive line will produce if they follow Coach MacIntyre’s guidance. “Coach Mac says if you have knowledge, knowledge equals confidence, which equals playing fast,” Leatiota said. MacIntyre said the Spartans will be more aggressive on offense this season, but not at the expense of the running game. “You do have to be a little hard-headed to run the football,” he said.


end zone, he knows what it’s like to break a long run — namely, his 60-yard sprint against Boise State in 2008. That rush, which came in a nationally televised game, put the Spartans within four points of the then-No. 13 ranked Broncos. Rutley used the Davis-spitting hole-splitting knowledge to his advantage for the run. “The hole was wide open,” he said after the game. “The play was originally designed to go to the right, but the way the line blocked, it opened up to the left, and it was just wide open. It was daylight. When I got through (the hole),

I was thinking I want to just run my hardest and hope that I get to the end zone.” After receiving the handoff 49 fewer times last season than in the 2008 campaign, Rutley looks to carry the rock more this year. He’ll get his first chance — in a starting role — this Saturday against No. 1 ranked Alabama. “I wouldn’t mind being called one of the best running backs in the whole WAC,” he said of his goals this year. “I wouldn’t mind having all that, but I really want to be known as a team guy who’s ready to help.”


Thursday, September 2, 2010

A special kind of hike Staff Writer

Looking down at the green turf, Ben Zorn has the ball in his hands. Amidst the raucous crowd, Zorn is preparing for the one moment for which he’s worked so hard. He needs to execute with perfection, and he anxiously awaits the cue from the punter. He snaps the ball, and everything is set in motion. After playing on the Spartans’ offensive line for his first three years, Zorn is now the team’s long snapper. “I do a lot on the field but am not in the public eye,” Zorn said of this position. “I’m expected to be perfect.” Born in Vienna, Austria, Zorn moved to Berkeley, Calif., when he was just 1 year old. He and his family then relocated to Virginia, where he attended George Mason High School, before finally moving back to California after his senior year of high school. Zorn noticed a distinct difference between playing football on the East Coast and here on the West Coast. The weather is more humid, he said, and it wasn’t unusual for it to rain or snow. During the football games, teams are more focused on the running aspect of the game on the East Coast, whereas on the West Coast a greater emphasis is placed on passing the ball. “Everybody watches football out there,” he said. “Football carries more weight.” For Zorn, the tryout pe-

riod was all about expressing to the coaches and the team how much he wanted to be there. “It came down to showing the coaches a good work ethic,” he said. “You only have one chance to show the coaches what you can do.” Tim Landis, coach for the punt and extra point units, has definitely noticed Zorn.

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Junior long snapper

“He’s exceeded our expectations,” Landis said. “He works hard and is very coachable. Snapper is a very detailed position and you have to listen to the coach. He’s been a very willing learner.” Zorn has been playing football since his freshman year of high school, and he has played numerous roles throughout the years, including guard, linebacker, defensive end, offensive line and now snapper. “I like playing offensive line,” Zorn said. “I liked the physical aspect of it. You get to hit someone every play. Someone is relying on me to move the per-

son in front of me.” Center Robbie Reed, said two traits that constitute a successful snapper are accuracy and having a consistent speed on snaps. Zorn said one of his strengths is his speed with the snap, but the accuracy is more difficult. To prepare for his new position he lost 40 pounds (now 245), over last semester, by eating less, consistently running and lifting weights four times a week. In addition, he got together with the team’s kicker, Harrison Waid, over the summer to practice snapping. Matt Wigley, who was long snapper for the Spartans during the 2008-2009 season and has been in the position of snapper since his freshman year of high school, said it was important for Zorn to lose the weight that he did to gain the flexibility needed to be an explosive long snapper. Reed said it is very important that the long snapper does a good job because, otherwise, it could cost the team points or give the team bad field position. “Once a year for a team, a game comes down to a field goal,” Reed said. Even though no one on the team has had a chance to demonstrate their abilities during a real game, Landis feels that the Spartans are in good hands with Zorn. “I’ve got confidence in him,” Landis said. “He’s earned the confidence of his team. We wouldn’t be putting him out there if we didn’t have confidence in him.”

MACINTYRE From Page 5 solid Division-I program,” Bowen said. “What Mike’s done is just to continue to raise the expectations, continue to focus now on being committed. He’s disciplined.” MacIntyre said the idea of coaching for the NCAA was more suited to his interests than his previous experience, such as coaching for the Dallas Cowboys. “The difference from the NFL is, of course, the young men are younger,” he said. “It’s not strictly a business. You’re more of a mentor for these young men day in and day out.” He said he ultimately chose college ball because it gives him the opportunity to make a difference with the student-athletes. “Football is basically the same,” he said. “Of course with the NFL you have few more stars, a bit more glamor and glitz sometimes, but on the college level it’s a day to day thing with a relationship with the players. I really enjoyed the aspect of working with the young men and helping build and mold them. I want them to be successful now and in the future.” David Cutcliffe, head coach of Duke University - where MacIntyre spent his last two years coaching - is another one of MacIntyre’s influences. “Coach Cutcliffe is a phenomenal coach,” MacIntyre said. “A man who I believe in tremendously, how he treats his players, and also I believe in his coaching ability.” He said the two have grown close, talking on the phone at least once a week. “He’s going to watch everything I do closely,” he said. “I’m his first, kind of protoge, to break off, so to speak. Hopefully in the next few years he’ll be proud of what we do.” Sophomore defensive end Travis Johnson said the biggest difference in the way Coach MacIntyre and former head coach Tomey run practice is how MacIntyre challenges the players. “It’s a lot more conditioning,” Johnson


From Page 5 Duke Ihenacho and Mohamed Marah. While Ingram is out, junior cornerback Terrance Foster said the defense will still face a good ball carrier in Trent Richardson. Offensively, the team will be in the hands of senior quarterback Jordan La Secla, with junior Matt Faulkner also expected to see some snaps in the first half. Freshmen to look out for include tight end and full back Vince Buhagiar and wide receiver Kyle Nunn. The team may not be the only one under more pressure than usual. Coach MacIntyre said he will have about 50 friends and family attending the game because of its location near family in Nashville. Mike MacIntyre’s father and former head coach George MacIntyre won’t be in attendance, but he will be watching on television. “There’ll be a moment when I first get off the bus and walk out on to the field with the team and think of my dad,” MacIntyre said. “Once I get in the game, I’ll just be going. I’m sure he’ll have some pointers for me after the game, win or lose.” MacIntyre said he will be trying to reproduce the feat his father accomplished more than two decades earlier by defeating Alabama on the road as a head coach. “It would be gigantic, ginormous, whatever you want to call it,” he said. “It would be great for the whole program, for everyone. I had a friend of mine that told me that if we beat Alabama, we won’t have to fly back, we’ll fly back ourselves. That’s our plan, is to fly back ourselves.”





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said. “A lot more mental strength, just by how we practice every day and it’s nonstop for the two and a half to three hours we go, you don’t really get a break.” He said camp has been long and tough this year with Coach MacIntyre. “We want it so bad this year, so we keep trying every day,” Johnson said. “It just takes a toll just because of how much more we want it this year because of last year’s stats.” Senior quarterback Jordan La Secla said he is thankful that he was able to be coached under both Tomey and MacIntyre. “They both have different ways of coaching but they’re both great coaches,” La Secla said. Senior offensive guard Isaac Leatiota said that MacIntyre inspires the team. “He pushes us when we’re down,” Leatiota said. “When we need motivation, he’s always the one who’s motivating us. He always wants us to play with all we’ve got — to leave it on the field. He’s a great coach.” He said that MacIntyre’s focus is preparing the team for the future. “One of his main things is the future goals for the team and getting educated,” he said. Off the field, MacIntyre said one of the main goals is to make sure the players are going to class and graduating. He said his personal goal is to win the Western Athletic Conference championships as quickly as possible. “Once we build that foundation, everything else will come,” he said. “All the wins will come, and it will last so that’s what we’re trying to do. Hopefully that comes sooner than later, but we’re in the process of building a program and not a team and that’s what I’m focused on doing.” The impact of living on the West Coast hasn’t really affected him or his family, he said. “We’re all here, rocking along and enjoying it,” MacIntyre said. “It’s not much different really, people are people everywhere, there’s good people and there’s bad people. So you just have to find your niche and go with it.”


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tasty treats, zero guilt Staff Writer


is my favorite. It’s so good you can munch up to 2 ½ cups for only 140 calories. Are you kidding me right now? My only caution is to be careful not to eat the whole bag in one sitting. When I’m on the go, one thing I love is a good salad. But it’s shocking that the average restaurant salad has more than 500 calories, and that’s without dressing. That’s why I’m so pleased with the new small salad menu at Quiznos. My favorite is the small cobb salad without dressing and blue cheese. (The blue cheese will cost you an extra 25 calories.) Surprisingly, this small delight has the perfect mixture of grilled chicken, real bacon, tomato and boiled egg on a bed of fresh greens. I add salt and pepper to taste because the bacon gives it enough flavor to make up for no dressing. It totals 150 calories. Sometimes, a perfectly ripe piece of fruit gives me the exact hour-long sugar boost I need to make it through to the next thing. That boost comes in a variety of ways: a half of small honeydew melon – 150 calories, a small banana and

apple combination – 150 calories, 1 ½ cups of blueberries – 140 calories, 2 cups of sliced strawberries – about 100 calories and my favorite, fresh, slightly hard, white nectarines – just 70 calories. I mix and match fruits just about every day to get a fresh sugar boost during the 2:30 lull in my day. But when I just want some straight-up sugar, like a candy bar, I make a bargain with myself by eating a Quaker Chewy Granola Bar. There are different flavors like cocoa, chocolate chip and strawberry, but my favorite is the peanut butter. The two-fold bonus is that it only has 90 calories and sort of makes you feel like you had a candy-bar fix. I had to save the caloric deal-ofthe-century for last. I love my Skinny Cow. Skinny Cow ice cream bars are the creation of a culinary genius. The white mint truffle has to be the best ice cream this not-so-skinny cow ever tasted. At only 100 calories per bar., one of these ice creams would only cost me 15 minutes on the treadmill – but it would be well worth every minute.


If you’re like me and you’re a foodie, a freak, obsessed with great food – then listen up. If you love to eat but can’t afford the luxury of chowing down a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet, then you are in for a treat. I can’t even dream about a bag of chips without waking up and finding it behind me. I have it down to a science, if I eat a Snickers, I’d have to run three miles on the treadmill to get rid of it. And if I wanted a slice of vanillabean cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory, which weighs in at almost 900 calories, I’d have to run three miles, bike five, and do the elliptical machine for another half hour. Forget that mess. True to my nature, I had to find an easier way. So I have discovered five tasty treats that are 150 calories and below. The first is the lifeblood of my week. I can’t go without my Starbucks extra hot, short, skinny, vanilla latte. (And I’m always surprised the barista doesn’t smack me for ordering it that way) At first, the sugar-free after taste of the vanilla syrup confuses the taste buds, but after a few piping hot cups of deliciousness, you’re hooked. It becomes even more delicious in light of the fact that it only has 60 calories, compared with a regular short vanilla latte, which has at least 140 calories, and that’s without whipped cream. But for a more substantial snack that won’t break the calorie bank is Buccaneer Joes White Cheddar Corn Puffs from Trader Joe’s. It is puffed popcorn that comes in different flavors but white cheddar




LINDSAY ZILLGITT SENIOR, ANTHROPOLOGY What inspired your look today? For an everyday look, I like something that is simple, comfortable, especially because I am on the go. What do you hate most about fashion? I dislike fashion stereotypes and ‘set trends’ that are stressed as a must because conformity is not always good. Where are your favorite places to shop? I love the process of searching for clothes at secondhand stores and the flea market. In what clothing are you the happiest? I prefer boy shorts and sweatpants but nothing ranks higher than dresses because they have a feminine feel to them. What is your most treasured item of clothing accessory and why? My most treasured item of clothing has got to be my Ray-Ban Wayfarer.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Another fowl outbreak The stem of the argument Attention! Attention all egg eaters! More than a half-billion eggs from major distributors across the nation have been recalled. Run for your life ... or continue living like normal. Here’s the deal: According to numerous news sources, there have been more than a thousand reported cases of salmonella poisoning that can be traced back to Hillandale ASHLEY FINDEN Farms and Wright County Egg. Senior Staff Writer After going through laboratory tests it was confirmed that both companies share the same strain of bacteria, Salmonella enWhy do people choose to teritidis. freak out so much about eggs? I Possible causes of the out- don’t know and I am known to breaks include rat droppings or be a bit paranoid myself, but this germs that have contaminated outbreak has yet to plague me. the chickens’ feed. I am thankful to be healthy Chickens do not catch this and will always be concerned disease the that I or way humans someone I catch a cold know can — it is usually get food passed along poisoning, from rodent but I don’t Why do droppings the want it to be hens digest. something people choose After you rid that overto freak out so yourself of that whelms me. disturbing imIt is terrible much about age, know that that people eggs? the salmonella got sick, bacteria then but there infects the is nothing ovaries, conwe can do taminating the about it eggs. now. The media is making it sound Should we have better food as though the egg outbreak is regulations now? the biggest thing in food history I have thought that for a few since mad cow disease. But hon- years, but the fact is that our estly, this happens so often that food will never be 100 percent I have become numb to hearing protected from disease-causing about it. agents. There is only so much The Food and Drug Admin- that science and technology can istration reported that in the do without becoming a danger month of August alone, there to humanity. were almost 50 food recalls. In People want organic food that 2009 alone there were hundreds is fresh and untainted by chemiof recalls. cals. How can that be done with-

out risking contamination by viruses or bacteria? If it isn’t rats then it will be something else. Even if people don’t eat organic food, I am pretty sure that they do not want their edibles swimming in chemicals in order to keep other possible threats away. What else can food distributors do? Could they place an electrical force field that keeps any unwanted critters or bacteria away? Or is there some kind of environmentally safe chemical that can prevent any harmful substances or creatures from reaching our food sources? As nice as either one would be, there is always a negative to every positive — and I have a feeling that force field wouldn’t work out without some type of combustion-related side effect. Unfortunately, food poisoning will be a part of the world until Armageddon — don’t worry, Bruce Willis will save us all at the very last second because Ben Affleck is in love with his daughter. Getting back to reality, we are stuck with food poisoning — though I wish it wasn’t an issue and that there was some kind of technology that could keep us completely safe. I know it sucks, because I have had food poisoning countless times and wished for anything other than the feeling of nausea and wanting to never eat again. The best that people can do is get the best food for themselves, don’t eat anything that looks suspicious or disgustingly processed — except for hot dogs, those are pretty good if done right. There is only so much that can be done to protect people at this time, and until we have better safeguards, we are stuck like this, so live your lives and stop freaking out! It happens.

One man has put a stop Of course this is not a fact, to medical progress that but an assumption. President Barack Obama Yes, we all know what can gave the green light to in happen when we assume, but 2009. assumptions can do more Embryonic stem cell rethan make an ass of you and search has been stopped me. after a U.S. district judge Assumptions are things ruled on Aug. 23 to cut off that fuel humans’ efforts to federal funding. achieve greatness and can According to The Washmake our lives better — inington Post, Judge Royce C. deed, all new things are fed SHIVA ZAHIRFAR Lamberth said funding emby assumptions. Staff Writer bryonic stem cell research Researchers assume that goes against a federal law embryonic stem cells can help that doesn’t allow taxpayers’ countless people and there money to be spent on anything “that destroys have been successes around the world that human fetuses.” support that assumption. Any issue where embryos are a main subject People may wonder why adult stem cells is difficult to discuss, but a look at how embry- can’t be used in this research. onic stem cells are collected might help. Embryonic stem cells are important to There aren’t people on the prowl in dark al- use because they are able to be used for varileys looking for embryos, snatching fetuses in ous functions, unlike adult stem cells. order to create Frankenstein’s monster. Adult stem cells are sparse compared to Researchers get embryonic stem cells from the amount of stem cells found in an emfertility clinics. bryo, whose cells are also more versatile. When a couple needs help getting pregnant, Scientists seem to understand that the the in vitro fertilization clinic they may go to use of embryonic stem cells is controverwill get eggs and sperm, and some of the result- sial and have tried to come up with other ing embryos will be implanted in the mother options. while the rest are frozen, according to WebBoth in Japan and the U.S., scientists transMD. formed skin cells by using retroviruses to If the frozen embryos aren’t used, the clinic change their functions, but this research, done will dispose of them. in 2007, is not a safe alternative to embryonic “According to federal policy, embryonic stem cells. stem cells used for research can only come “These retroviruses could become part of from embryos created for reproductive pur- the cell’s genetic code,” states WebMD. “These poses that are no longer needed,” according to retroviruses could cause deadly mutations or WebMD. “And the donors must consent and cancers in patients treated with the newly crenot profit financially from the donation.” ated stem cells.” Research on embryonic stem cells is not Looking at these facts about adult stem cells killing a life, instead these leftover frozen em- and embryonic stem cells, one might use ethbryos are being used for the greater good of the ics as a reason not to support embryonic stem world. cell research. When looking at this issue through an emoUtilitarianism, an ethical theory, states that tional or religious lens, one may still think that to determine if an issue is ethical or unethical, stem cell research is unethical or that there is a the outcome of the issue is what matters. better option than using cells from an embryo. Using this theory, further funding and The possibilities of what embryonic stem researching embryonic stem cells is ethical cells can do seem limitless, compared to cur- because a large amount of people could be rent medical treatments. helped. It could help a large population of people By that logic, anything that will help people who have organ problems, such as heart dis- who are currently living and who are yet to be ease. born should be funded and embryonic stem


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Traveling to the beat of my own drum Music is my life. At least, it used to be before I got to San Jose State. When I graduated from high school in 2002, the big question for me wasn’t which school I would attend, it was how could I get my band to make it? I started playing drums when I was 12 years old. It was just a hobby of mine: I never took lessons and it never took up all of my time. It was just something I did for occasional fun, to release some aggression and for creative expression. Once I began to play in bands around age 16, things changed. The moment I began fusing my creative energy with my friends and writing songs, drumming became my endall, be-all, my reason for existing. One of the greatest feelings is finishing a song, playing it before a crowd and seeing them react positively. Their response couples with your own adrenaline and, in turn, fuels your performance,

giving you a sense of gratification, elation and adoration that is hard to find elsewhere. Is it any wonder why musicians travel around the country year after year in cramped vans, playing a seemingly endless amount of shows? For many years, the feeling of playing songs KEVIN HUME I loved for people who Humor Me loved them kept me going. But by the time I transferred here in the fall of 2008, friends today, and looking forward to semi-nightly band things had changed. My love of playing music had practices after school and work drained away, and I focused all made the days speed by and my energy on finishing school. helped keep me sane. The end of that band in late Now, with graduation beginning to loom on the horizon, 2006 definitely took the wind the desire to play music has out of my musical sails. Two things recently made crept back up on me. Back in 2005, when I was me think long and hard about juggling work and music and playing music again. The first was being a groomsfinally enrolled myself in community college, music was what man in my former singer’s wedding. made things worthwhile. I was in a great band with The whole band made up guys who are still my best the groomsmen, and it felt like

2005 all over again. All we did was hang out and have a great time all the way up to, and after, the wedding. The second was hearing that the frontman of a local band my friends and I had huge amounts of respect for died while on tour. Makh Daniels was his name, and he fronted a metal band called Early Graves. I met Makh once before a show, and he struck me as a really nice guy who put his all into his music. Having two of my friends go out and help them on tour in their early days made me like the band even more. After they put out their first album in 2008, which me and my friends rabidly consumed, all I wanted was to see them be successful, something that is incredibly hard in music today, especially in the metal scene. They toured relentlessly on that album before heading back into the studio late last year. One of my friends showed me a new song of theirs just a

few months ago, and told me a new album was due out shortly. That album, called “Goner,” came out June 22. Makh described the lyrics in an interview as the therapeutic result of a depression induced self-imposed exile. The guys headed out on a tour with a band they were friends with called The Funeral Pyre. In the early morning hours of Aug. 2, their van flipped while driving from Eugene, Oregon to Reno, Nevada. Makh was asleep in the cargo area of the back of the van. He was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the wreckage, dying at the scene. Though I didn’t really know Makh, his death hit me surprisingly hard. I heard many stories of him from friends that toured with the band. He was only 28, just two years older than me. It put a lot of things into perspective for me.

Makh died in the process of doing what he loved. As my college experience begins to wind down, I had to ask myself, what am I going to do to keep me going each day? My love of photography and videography will, hopefully, help me have a career that will satisfy some of my creative goals, but not all of them. It’s time for music to be a part of my life again. Moving into a house with two of my friends has allowed me to set my drums up in the living room. They sit there, taunting me to play them. All I have to do is get over the fear of pissing off the neighbors, and having the cops called on me, and get back to doing what makes me happy. If not for me, I’ll do it for Makh. “Humor Me” is a biweekly column appearing on Thursdays. Kevin Hume is a Spartan Daily Multimedia Editor.

What is being human? The real battle is at home I walked away. It was all I could do, or at least that’s what I thought in my head. I was walking through downtown San Jose one night, trying to catch my light rail as to just get one step closer to ending my day, when I saw a fight nearby. I could see through a gated fence that there were a couple of people beating up one guy about, 50 feet away from me, while another person in front of me was trying to get his “acquaintance” to join in on beating the man who was alone. I just kept walking, paying no attention to the so very obvious scene to my left. “It’s not any of my business,” I kept thinking to myself, “It has nothing to do with me.” I would have liked to blame the journalist side of me for remaining neutral and not getting involved, but the reality of it was because I was scared. I’ve been replaying that scenario over and over in my head for a week, reconsidering my actions — not that it really mattered since it already happened. But what would happened if a scene such as that ever occurred again? Would I just walk by like I did before? What would other people do in the same situation? It seems that I’m not the only person who thinks this


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way, as the movie “Kick-Ass” addresses this thought process. The main character of the movie becomes a super hero because of the lack of people willing to stand up for others while crimes were being committed to them. I overheard a conversation between a couple of photographers, saying that one of the photographers was assigned to take photos of this girl while she was crying, and needed to take photos of the girl as part of his story. He said he couldn’t bring himself to do it and questioned whether he was a bad and horrible photographer or not. The other photographer simply said, “You’re not a bad photographer, it just means you’re human.” I don’t understand it. The responses to both these situations are the same and

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most likely the most common action taken by Joe or Jane Doe. Most people would not go over to a tense situation only to potentially add more fuel to an already raging fire, and yet, most people would also not want to get involved in a fight unrelated to themselves. It seems that people are “human” if they are scared to act or commit, because that is the most common response to a lot of situations. On one side, the inability to callously approach a widow at her husband’s funeral and ask her, “So how do you feel about your husband dying?” makes you human, but does walking away from someone who is getting beaten make us human as well? I’ve heard another tale of how one reporter was arguing with another, questioning his shameless methods of covering a story and going on to ask him if he was a real human being. He responded with, “being human doesn’t pay the bills.” I would love to go beyond that type of thinking, to hopefully act on my conscience instead of staying neutral and grounded. Until then I will remain hesitant, constantly questioning every action, and questioning what it means to be “human.”


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In an address to the American people Tuesday night, President Barack Obama declared an end to the United States’ combat mission in Iraq. But are we really done? To a certain degree, the president’s words ring true: Yes, we have withdrawn our combat divisions, we have handed over our bases and we have placed the burdens of security on the shoulders of the Iraqis. But it would be a grave mistake to think that this announcement means the end of our conflict. In fact, the real fight is just beginning. It’s a cliché, I know, one uttered all too many times after the fall of the Taliban regime and the toppling of Saddam Hussein. After all, how many times have we tried to beat our swords into plowshares (or, rather, guns into oil wells), only to find that we must take them up once more? I’m not talking about Afghanistan, which the president said will be experiencing a troop surge until a transition starts next August, or the fact that, according to Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, we’ll still have a 50,000-strong “transitional training and advisement force” in Iraq until the end of 2011.


I’m talking about the fight here at home. The president spoke of a new beginning being born in the cradle of civilization … well, it turns out that the United States cannot remain in the cradle forever. Our troops have done their job, protecting us from external threats, but they cannot save us from ourselves. That is something only we can do. Indeed, the transition to Iraqi control and the eventual drawdown in Afghanistan means that we no longer have an excuse to not turn our attentions inward to address our own problems. Since 9/11, our fears have ruled our ability to make decisions, and in our push to tame external adversaries, our self-destructive tendencies have come to the

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surface. For all the noises we make about unity, our fears have fractured our nation, causing us to turn against our neighbors and dividing us along axes of class, education, faith, gender, ideology and race. Consider the outcry against the Islamic community center to be built near ground zero: There is no legal reason why the center shouldn’t be constructed, and much of the arguments against it are based on the fact that the Sept. 11 hijackers were Muslims, which is no argument at all. When President Obama weighed in, acknowledging the right of the people to build the center, the old accusations of him being a Muslim resurfaced — as though that would be a bad thing. The fight on the home front will be about combating Islamophobia, not Islamofacism, about combating the tyranny of the majority, not the tyranny of a dictator — it will be about winning the hearts and minds of our own citizens. Though our guns may have fallen silent, our war continues. “Rated ‘R’” is a bi-weekly column appearing on Thursdays. Ryan Fernandez is a Spartan Daily Copy Editor.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Haitians receive help from SJSU students KELSEY HILARIO Staff Writer

It has been less then a year since Haiti was rocked to its core by a deadly earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey’s website. Haiti, a tiny island in the Caribbean, can be found on maps between the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Jamaica. The president of the SJSU Global Health Association said half-way through last semester they raised funds and traveled to Leogane, Haiti to help clean up the rubble and rebuild homes and schools for the Haitian people. The Association was formed last semester and is still young compared with other organizations on campus, the president Mojgan Mohammadi said. That factor has not stopped them from making major moves she said. Mohammadi, a senior health science major, said she partnered up with a fellow health science student and founded the association. “Our focus is to not only be engaged with the students, but the faculty and administrations as well,” said Mohamma-

di. “The main goal we look for is to get rid of the stereotypes and look to promote global citizens, people really coming together.” For the entire length of its stay, almost two weeks, the association teamed up with Hands on Disaster Response, Mohammadi said. This specific organization is dedicated to helping countries regroup and rebuild after being devastated by a natural disaster, according to the disaster response website. Phi Lee, a graduate student

in medicine, said he was fortunate to be among the eight students to go. “The work that we did was very difficult, it was all manual labor,” Lee said. “Some of the people that were there had quit their jobs to be there, dropped out of college and left their families, I found that to be very admirable,” Lee said. According to the United States Geological Survey it is estimated that 222,570 people were killed and 97,294 houses were destroyed in the earth-

quake. Most of the work that the association did, involved tearing down buildings that were destroyed by the earthquake, Mohammadi said. In addition to the manual labor, they were able to help the people other ways as well, Mohammadi said. They helped build transitional tents with the United Nations Children’s Fund, visited orphanages and hung out with the kids and painted murals for the schools being built, Mohammadi said.

All eight members said they agreed that the best part of the trip was interacting with the Haitian people. “They were the nicest people I had ever met,” said Tequin Tanner, a senior health science major. Mohammadi said she was most inspired by the resiliency and vitality the people still had despite all of the death and destruction that was present in their lives. There were also Haitian volunteers who worked closely with the SJSU students, Lee

said. “Those people were so friendly, upbeat and positive,” Lee said. “That was one of the most rewarding parts of the trip— being able to work with the local people.” Now that the members of the association have returned to campus and settled in for the Fall semester, they are planning their next international trip, Mohammadi said . Mohammadi said if all goes well they will be traveling to sub-saharan Africa next summer to lend a hand.

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PROTEST From Page 1 opposite is true. Aquirra said, the taxpayers want to do away with funds that are awarded to students to help them through school. Everyone deserves an education and everyone should have access to it, Aguirra said. “We want to get people agitated enough to pay attention,” Tom Avila, a junior global studies major who just joined the group last week. Sophomore meteorology major, Roman Garza, said he was confused by the whole protest. “It’s ironic that they are telling people that education is not needed, when they themselves are all in school,” said Garza. “It’s insane. I’m not sure I know what is going on.” Tran said it is an ironic protest meant to grab attention. “Some don’t get it at first, but it’s not that difficult to understand if you pay attention,” Aguirra said. “At least it wasn’t for me.” There are not currently any more planned protests, but other events will be occurring on campus to keep students involved and engaged in fighting for quality education, Aguirra said. Joe Tran said these protests were a precursor for “WTF Now?,” an event put on by the Students for Quality Education. The event will be a teachin, discussing the next steps in fighting budget cuts, held on Sept. 16 at 5-6:30 p.m., featuring professors, students and staff who are also involved in the fight to save education, Tran said. Tran said his hope is to get people involved and get them to stay involved. Junior English major Katrina Swanson said she has been with the group for about a year. She said she is encouraging everyone, who can, to come out and see what the group is all about. Everyone should be involved with the issue of budget cuts, because it affects everyone on campus, Tran said.

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