Spartan Daily Vol. 151, Issue 10

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Wednesday, 9.12.2018



AABSSC promotes excellence By Hugo Vera STAFF WRITER

San Jose State University students, alumni and faculty gathered at the AfricanAmerican/Black Student Success Center (AABSSC) welcoming ceremony on Tuesday. The event ran from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. The ceremony was both a commemoration of the center’s long-awaited opening in February 2018, as well as a celebration of black and pan-African culture. Organizations represented in the ceremony included the Black Male Collective, the Black Woman Collective, the Nigerian Student Association, the African American Faculty Staff Association (AAFSA) and the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. “This event was mainly

about welcoming the community and making students aware of the countless services and connections we offer,” founding director Paula L. Powell said. According to the SJSU Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics, African-Americans made up 3.2 percent of the SJSU population during the fall 2017 semester. “There might not be that big a population of AfricanAmerican students [in San Jose] and while this [university] is not an HBCU (Historically Black College/ University), you still see our presence,” Powell said. “We’re welcome to all cultures and its the university has really institutionalized that multiculturalism,” he added. The emphasis on multiculturalism was evident by OPENING | Page 2


The African-American/Black Student Success Center welcoming ceremony highlighted resources offered at San Jose State University on Tuesday. African-American students made up 3.2 percent of the SJSU population during the fall 2017 semester, according to the SJSU Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics.

Movie fest competition begins today San Jose State University will participate in Campus Movie Fest’s annual film competition By Huan Xun Chan STAFF WRITER


The Spartan Marching Band is under scrutiny for an annual tradition deemed as hazing by the dean of the College of Humanities and the Arts.

Tradition flushed for potential hazing By Vicente Vera STAFF WRITER

On Sept. 5, the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development (SCED) advised the Spartan Marching Band to cease an annual tradition of playing instruments inside of port-a-potties to celebrate the beginning of the fall semester. The band ran out of the Music Department under the class title MUSC 156, worth two credits. Each fall semester, the band, Color Guard and Spartan Spectrum Dancers play their instruments and orchestrate the halftime show during the football team’s home games. Orchestrating the SJSU fight song inside portable bathroom stalls was a season commencement tradition that had been passed on to the fall 2018 class from previous classes. The tradition was made public once videos of band members piling into stalls surfaced on

Campus Movie Fest (CMF) is hosting its 17th annual nationwide movie-making competition with around 50 colleges participating. Starting Sept. 12, San Jose State students will have one week, ending on Sept. 18, to create and submit a five-minute original film. CMF will be lending recording equipment today on Tommy Smith and John Carlos lawn from noon to 5 p.m. for students who wish to participate. The top 16 films from SJSU will screen at 6 p.m. with a red carpet premiere inside of Morris Dailey Auditorium on Sept. 26. From there, four finalists will be awarded a oneyear Adobe Cloud subscription, and given the opportunity to apply for

[The Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development] were explaining to us the definition of hazing before trying to tie it into the whole ‘port-a-potty’ thing. “Porta-Potty Fight Song,” as titled in one of the videos, has been the marching band’s voluntary initiation practice for at least the past ten years. Dean of the College of Humanities and the Arts, Shannon Miller, sought to retire this tradition. “Some members of the Spartan Marching Band at San José State University were participating in an initiation practice that the university asked them to cease,” Miller stated in an email received by the Spartan Daily.

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Haley Sherwood Kinesiology senior

YouTube in 2008 and 2009. The clips showed members of the band playing the “Spartan Fight Song” with two or three musicians in each stall. Fellow musicians outside the stalls pounded along to the beat on the bathroom doors while one conductor stood in front of the enclosed band and pretended to conduct. Audiences comprised of dancers and the color guard cheered on the portion of the band. Once they finished the song and stepped out, they were greeted with a round of applause and pats on the back.

the Fest’s Cannes Program. The organizers of CMF held an info session on Monday in the Student Union Meeting Room 2A to explain the rules and criterias for a winning film. “Films will be judged by three criterias: content, film quality and technical excellence,” tour advisor and SJSU radio-television-film alumnus Raghav Ravi explained. He mentioned that all filming must be shot during the one week period, music must be devoid of copyright and all participants of the film must be SJSU students with the exception of the actors and musicians. Tour manager of CMF, Danielle Cook said that she’s seen much change in the way students are filming their videos for the contest.




Design studio CEO discusses data visualization By Huan Xun Chan STAFF WRITER

Eric Rodenbeck, the CEO of Stamen Design, held a lecture called “Data visualization as a creative practice,” at the Art Building on Tuesday. Rodenbeck founded Stamen Design, a data visualization design studio, in 2001. According to Stamen’s website, the studio works on projects for different clients, including National Geographic, Facebook and the Dalai Lama. “If we want to make sense of this world, we need the tools and language to be able to deal with it. Data visualization seems like one of the best ways to have this kind of conversation,” Rodenbeck said. During the lecture, Rodenbeck explained that data visualization is the mix of graphic design and statistical analysis used to present pictures instead of raw data. Aaron Wilder, the curator of the Natalie & James Thompson Art Gallery, said the art gallery

brought people from different professions on campus for the “Tuesday Night Lecture Series.” He said the gallery gave students an opportunity to explore their future career directions by having conversations with the people who are more established in their respective field. Rodenbeck came to the Bay Area in 1994, lured by a deep curiosity for the budding internet-based industry. Rodenbeck has always been passionate for working in data visualization. “There was a whole new set of possibilities around the communications community that was just emerging that grabbed me,” Rodenbeck said. “Eric’s passion for city’s designs and technology has made him both a local and international leader at this section.” Wilder said. Rodenbeck shared his projects with the audience. He showed the digital atlas of foreign-born populations in the Bay Area and the atlas of emotion which he collaborated

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I would rather keep the band together than to risk losing it because of some port-a-potties.

Miller contacted SCED and asked to discuss the situation with the Spartan Marching Band, Color Guard and the Spartan Spectrum Dancers. They explained, to the performers, the university’s concerns and best practices around student activities. Students who attended these discussions described SCED’s understanding of the initiation practice as being similar to hazing. Some band members were conflicted on the classification of the porta-potty practice. “They were explaining to us the definition of hazing before trying to tie it into the whole ‘port-apotty’ thing,” kinesiology senior Haley Sherwood, who plays the trombone for the brass section of the band, said. SCED gave the three clubs a formal warning, though none have been formally accused of haz-

ing by the university. According to SJSU, there have been 11 student organizations that have been found in violation of the university’s Student Code of Conduct (SCC) because of hazing. Hazing, as defined by the SCC, is “Any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or student body – which is likely to cause serious bodily injury to any former, current, or prospective student of any school.” Sherwood continued, “I don’t see [the tradi-






Ricky Martinez music education sophomore


on with The Dalai Lama and psychologist Dr. Paul Ekman. “Data visualization invites more questions than it answers,” Rodenbeck said. By learning about data, Rodenbeck discovered new patterns and meanings in the world. When his studio was working on the Atlas of Foreign Born Population, he and his team members found something strange. “In 1900, there was ten thousands of Chinese people registered in San Francisco but it was zero in 1910.” The data continued to show that there was no data about Chinese immigrants for the following decades. They thought there was a bug in the data until a historian told them the census was conducted when there were no Chinese people. At the time, the Chinese Exclusion Act restricted the number of Chinese people from coming into the country, which caused difficulty in getting citizenship. Rodenbeck said he felt it was important to share the information about data

tion] as being on the same level as hazing, but I can see why the school would want this to stop, they should just let us know right away instead of trying to explain things we already know.” In a subsequent music practice on Monday, the band members discussed the situation further. Thereafter, they came to a consensus to discontinue the tradition. “I would rather keep the band together than to risk losing it because of some port-a-potties,” music education sophomore Ricky Martinez said. The College of Humanities and the Arts and Miller stand by the decision to put the band’s traditionton to bed. “While SJSU certainly respects traditions of this and other groups on campus, it is the university’s responsibility to ensure that student activities are enjoyable and safe for all of our students,” Miller said. Follow Vicente on Twitter @VicenteSJSU





Eric Rodenbeck shares his passion for data visualization with students for the “Tuesday Night Lecture Series” in the Art Building on Tuesday.

visualization with students. “It’s not like the amount of data in the world is going to shrink,” Rodenbeck said. “Data visualization is important because it connects data that describes our everyday lives in ways that are understandable and also directionable,” Wilder added. The design program lecturer, Earl Gee brought

FILM Continued from page 1 “Now that smartphones are in pretty much everyone’s hands, we’ve seen more students creating films on iPhones and utilizing their user-friendly technology,” Cook said. The equipment that will be provided include laptops, Panasonic LUMIX HD cameras and Sennheiser sound gear. “If you borrow it, we expect that you actually use whatever you’re checking out since we don’t have enough equipment to lend to every student,” Ravi said. There is also a possibility students may see their film on Amazon’s streaming service, Prime Video. Tour promotions manager Meghan Moran told the students in the room about the Fest’s connection to Amazon.

OPENING Continued from page 1 attendance from staff members of all backgrounds, as well as representatives of the International House and the Chicanx/Latinx Student Success Center. Various members of Associated Students were also present, including President Ariadna Manzo and Vice President Oladotun Hospidales. The event commenced with a reading of a poem in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks and honored SJSU alumnus Jason Dahl. Dahl was the pilot of United Flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania en route to Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11, 2001 as its passengers fought off terrorist hijackers. Subsequent speakers included Vice President for Student Affairs, Patrick Day, Student Ambassador and economics student Ifeanyi “Walter” Onubogu and Black Alumni President, Wanda Hendricks. “African-Americans are a minority, especially in a big school such as this one. That’s why it’s important for us to come together and gain

his students to the Cristina Acereto said she lecture. Gee said it was was glad to learn about important for students to a new career she didn’t learn from professional know existed. examples because most of “I don’t even know the jobs they’ll have after that much about data graduation will involve a visualization. I am glad he didn’t talk about one heavy use of data. “Contributing visual skills project, he talked about a to visualizing the data will be lot of things,” Acereto said. valuable to any organization Follow Huan Xun on Twitter they join,” Gee said. @Huanxun_chan Interior design senior

“The Top 25 CMF films of all time stream on Prime Video, and with movies being added every semester,” Moran said. “The top four finalists from San Jose this year will also win a one-year subscription to Prime Student.” Many students in the room had not participated in the competition in prior years, and some students were there to make another attempt at seeing their films play at the red carpet premiere. Film senior Jonathan Mandujano was at the info session in order to prepare for his second attempt at getting his film into the top four. “Last time I was a bit confused on the rules, but I understand the contest a lot more now because of the session,” Mandujano said. He said he has created a comprehensive game plan for his film this semester, he

sees the contest as more of an opportunity to practice his craft. “I’m making the movie with my friend so it’s definitely going to be fun, but ideally I’m looking to gain more experience behind the camera,” Mandujano said. Participants should return any rented equipment to the Student Union Meeting Room 2A on Sept. 18 between 2 and 5 p.m. The movie submissions will be evaluated by an anonymous panel of judges, and students will not find out if they made it into the top 16 until the night that their film is screened. “Make something that excites you, don’t worry about your technical skills, just do it,” CMF video manager Trent Bellet said.

exposure to the available resources,” junior Chephren Goree said. Goree transferred to San Jose State from Contra Costa College in his native Richmond, California. Today, African-Americans make up roughly 22 percent of Richmond’s population, according to the Mercury News. “Now more than ever it’s important that our [African-American] organizations gain representation. Especially in the current social climate of repression and police brutality,” Goree added. Color-coded accessories such as frisbees, stress balls, notebooks and pens were placed on each table to ensure students would sit and later dine with at least one member of the university staff. Conversations at individual tables varied from seniors giving advice to junior classmen to students who planned to join an on-campus student organization, or create their own. “This event, at its core, is about bringing the faculty and students together through interactions,” Onubogu said. In addition to serving

as student ambassador for the AABSSC, Onubogu is a member of the Nigerian Student Association. Other topics and issues discussed at the event included academic advising, retention services, transportation, student involvement, faculty connections and graduation expectancies. A “Mentee Passport” was also provided for students to use to verify their attendance of advising and student organization meetings. Students with enough stamps qualified for a trip to the Great America amusement park as part of the AABSSC Inaugural Peer Mentoring Program. The Inaugural Peer Mentoring Program assists incoming freshman and transfer students with advising and provides information of MySJSU apps such as “MyScheduler” to expedite or maintain their path to graduation. “All of this comes 50 years after the Carlos and Smith protest. This center is bringing awareness to a foundation created by people of color to serve everyone that’s the goal here,” Powell said.

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No story behind this demon By Winona Rajamohan STAFF WRITER

“The Conjuring” movie franchise has shaken up the world of horror. It is based off the real-life cases of American paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren and the scarydoll-next-door, Annabelle. The movies have served both stellar blood-curling plots and cheesy Halloweenesque jump scares. The much awaited prequel, “The Nun,” unfortunately falls into the latter category. Scary movies never captured my interest enough to stay perched onto the edge of my seat (with my hands over my eyes of course) until “The Conjuring” hit theaters in 2013. It was everything the horror genre needed. It consisted of well-developed characters with a script that pulled you into the large old house where the movie took place. Throughout the movie, there was a stream of scares that felt a little too real. “The Conjuring 2,” though not as spellbindingly horrific, was an example of a strong and terrifying sequence of events. It left viewers feeling like they have to sleep with the lights on for the rest of the week. “The Nun” introduced recurring character, Valak – a demon who was summoned from the pits of the hell.

Valak takes the shape of a nun who has made an appearance in almost all the movies in “The Conjuring” franchise. It has haunted multiple characters through this extensive timeline, all while leaving our eyebrows raised on the how’s and why’s of its origin. “The Nun” was “The Conjuring” side-tale that had me excited for months. I was hungry for answers to the giant mysteries surrounding American paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren. The movie, however, does not give any answers or revelations related to the why a demon-faced nun is walking down the hallways of a random apartment in the middle of the day. As uncomfortably grim as it is to say this, the movie gives Valak, “the demon of all demons” no justice to its name. Most of the film takes place in a small Romanian monastery in 1952. A priest and a soon-to-be nun set off to investigate the apparent suicide of one of the monastery’s own nuns. The visit has them face to face with a dark paranormal force that curled an indestructible grasp around the holy grounds – that force being Valak. Religious beliefs obviously play a key factor in the development of this haunting. One expects a plot based entirely inside a religious institute to pro-

movie review “The Nun” Rating:

Directed: Corin Hardy Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir Genre: Horror

vide a backstory explaining how an entity could break through sacred walls. “The Nun” fails to address any of these questions in a depth that would allow viewers to understand it beyond the scope of scary sounds in dim lighting. The jump scares were too predictable to evoke any form of surprise, even though I really wanted to give some of these moments the benefit of the doubt. The film did a terrible job at planning a substantial build-up to its peak. The idea behind the characters, the location and the religious components that sparked the controversial conversations of exorcism could have turned into everything a movie would have needed to tell the story of Valak. I wanted to know what


exactly it was and how it got so powerful. I wanted to know how it made its way from 1952 Romania to the all-American family cases of the Warrens. I wanted to know what part of its history made it want to keep coming back. Instead, I found out that a face was going to pop up every time the movie scores died down into

silence and that Valak was indecisive when it came to what it was going to do next. The origin story of Valak, however, does not end here. More movies are bound to burst their way into theaters. A third “Annabelle” movie was announced for release next year. “The Conjuring” universe, with all its true-story

case depictions and spinoff demon origins, is a universe stacked with rich history as well as big religious and paranormal questions. However, “The Nun” ended up far from the standard of horror the movie series previously achieved. Follow Winona on Twitter @winonaarjmh










Shine a halo on this update By Paul Hang

game review


The “Halo: Master Chief Collection” is a collection that includes “Halo: Combat Evolved,” “Halo 2,” “Halo 3” and “Halo 4.” “Halo 2” was redesigned with brand new graphics, sound effects, cutscenes and other additional features to pay tribute to its 10th anniversary. This game should have been a celebration for “Halo” fans, but it wasn’t. If you played “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” when it launched in November 2014 and enjoyed playing the multiplayer component, you will immediately remember how much of a mess the game was. Technical issues galore: long matchmaking times, imbalance team matchups, disconnects, bugs and just a nightmare to play as a “Halo” fanatic, like myself. I’ve always bought a new Xbox console whenever a new “Halo” appeared since it’s an Xbox One exclusive game. “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” was by far the worst game I’ve played from the series when I bought an Xbox One with it. What intrigued me about “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” was the option to play “Halo: Combat Evolved” over

“Halo: Master Chief Collection” Rating:

Publisher: Microsoft Studios Platform: Xbox One Genre: First-person shooter


“Halo: Master Chief Collection” was originally released on Nov. 11, 2014. A game update was released Aug. 28.

Xbox Live which was a dream I’ve always wanted to experience during my teenage years. The PC version did have an online multiplayer version, but it had issues with latency and hit registration, which made me feel like I was playing a Walmart version of a multiplayer game. There’s also the option to relive “Halo 2” multiplayer matches, the first online console game I played, which makes the game sentimental. Then you had everything else: “Halo 3,” “Halo

4” and a remake edition of “Halo 2” including all of its expansions which was a pleasing bonus. When I played the game on launch day, I had loads of fun, but it was also frustrating because it needed many improvements. As time went on, 343 Industries, the game’s developer, made several patches to fix the game, but was never properly fixed. It seemed like the game was left abandoned when “Halo 5” was released and became a bigger priority for the company.

In February, Windows Central announced 343 Industries planned to release another update to “Halo: The Master Chief Collection.” I guess miracles do come true after all. On Aug. 28, 343 Industries released an update that seemed to fix a lot of the game’s problems. One of the new updates included the game’s compatibility to the Xbox One X, which allows the game to be played at 4K resolution. After playing several matchmaking games, I

had a great time and it seemed like the game was in its best condition so far. I was able to find matches fairly quickly, the wait time lasted around 30 to 40 seconds. Despite the game’s wonderful condition, there are still issues that could be addressed. I played some matches where people left the game. I’m still shocked there is no join-in progress for the unranked or social matches. I feel like this needs to be included just so

quitters don’t ruin the playing experience. I’m very happy to see a four-on-four “Halo: Combat Evolved” playlist back again. The playlist is an option to play various modes of the game. It was my favorite feature before it was removed. Overall, this update was fantastic. Beating kids in “Halo” over Xbox Live has never been so gratifying. I do hope to see more support for this game and more support from the developers in the future. According to Window’s Central, developers are thinking about porting “Halo: Reach,” so hopefully that will be included as well. Follow Paul on Twitter @iTz_BisyMon

Embark on a journey to ‘Egypt Station’ McCartney’s album does not disappoint with poetic tone By Nora Ramirez STAFF WRITER

Paul McCartney did it again. The former Beatle released his 18th album on Friday, proving once again that he still harbors his talent and passion for music. McCartney is a living rock legend for millions of world-wide fans who followed The Beatles. His new record will surely delight millions more. The 76-year-old musician did not disappoint his old and new generation of fans with the poetic and melancholic tone the album “Egypt Station” delivers. Growing up in a family who loved rock made me appreciate the loud, powerful, harsh and serious aspects of this genre. I love rock because of the goosebumps it makes me feel when I listen to the energy of the electric guitar fusing with the potent power of the bass. Goosebumps! Goosebumps! This album did everything to achieve that. The first piece “Opening Station” is 40 seconds and has no lyrics. Instead it introduces the listener to the background noise of a busy station. Seemingly, the end of this song fuses with the beginning of the second piece “I Don’t Know.” The tone of nostalgia

album review “Egypt Station” Rating:

Artist: Paul McCartney Release date: Sept. 7, 2018 Genre: Rock Label: Capitol

and melancholy is set in the second song with the use of a piano, but that is quickly turned around with an upbeat tone that is more hopeful. Every word enters my ear and goes straight to my heart. I can connect this album to “Abbey Road” by The Beatles because both PHOTO COURTESY JIMMY BAIKOVICIUS have left me with the same feeling. “Egypt Station” is the 18th studio album by Paul McCartney. It’s his first release since his 2013 album “New.” “I saw you flash a smile, The record’s double-A singles “I Don’t Know” and “Come On to Me” were released on Jun. 20. that seemed to me to say / You wanted so much This song touches the The straightforward The seven-minute is gone. more than casual conver- themes of sadness domi- message of peace comfort- track “Despite RepeatJust like the album “Absation” sings McCartney nated by hope. ing people’s lonely hearts ed Warnings” accurate- bey Road” both songs are on “Come On to Me.” It McCartney created a made me feel a little sad ly depicts the drastic blue yet the optimistic is a classic rock piece that masterpiece and stuck to but the lyrics “We’re in changes in beat that upbeat sound contrasts allows the listener to re- his message of peace and it together / And I’m not characterize rock. with the lyrics. member the impassioned love like he has been do- quitting while people are It’s not hard to imagine The last two minutes of Beatles’ songs such as ing his entire career. crying for more” assured McCartney singing with the melody made me lose “Please Please Me” and As I listened to him sing me to believe and trust. his mind, body and soul myself to the wistful, slow “Love Me Do.” “Brothers and sisters, I beg A playful tone is set in as his vocals switch from and powerful fusion of the “Happy with You” talks you to listen / I know that “Dominoes” supported sweet to harsh. instruments and lyrics. about the troubled past it isn’t too late / For we by the energy of the elecThis album ends with “Egypt Station” took me of a lover who finds faith are the people, the voices tric guitar and the pow- the medley “Hunt You to glory. needed through the com- of freedom” on the song er of the bass welcoming D o w n / Na k e d / C - L i n k” Follow Nora on Twitter pany of their beloved to fix “People Want Peace” I felt hard rock to slowly appear emphasizing on the love @noraramirez27 their agitated journey. faith for humanity. after this piece. they wish to have that




Less parking equals more problems Melody Del Rio STAFF WRITER

On top of paying tuition, students pay $192 per semester for a parking permit that doesn’t guarantee a parking spot on the main campus. According to San Jose State University’s website, full-time students pay about $9,000 in school tuition. Students who want to buy parking permits pay an additional cost. Students are not paying for a for-sure thing. They are paying for a maybe thing. It’s like buying a firstcome-first-serve Beyonce concert ticket. The only way you’re going to get a guaranteed in, is if you camp out a week before the event. Parking at SJSU is exactly like that. SJSU is offering more permits than spots provided. According to U.S. News, SJSU has a total undergraduate enrollment of 27,778. SJSU has 6,409 parking spots on the main campus and south campus combined, which includes 951 employee spaces. To fill all parking spaces without overflow, approximately 20 percent of undergraduate students

would be able to buy permits. This does not include graduate and credential students. Despite the students who currently have trouble finding parking spaces, the university still allows students to purchase parking permits. I have a 30-minute commute from my house to SJSU. Luckily for me, I’m able to park at my aunt’s house who lives down the street from campus. As for other students, they are not as lucky. Once they’re at school, they have to spend another 10 minutes finding a parking space. Students spend more time circling the parking garage, hoping to find an empty space. If the garage lot is full before students get to campus, they have to park in the Park & Ride lot, located on South 7th Street). Even then, the Park & Ride lot gets full and students have to use overflow parking. SJSU has six parking lots and three parking garages located around campus. “I’ll check the main lot first to see the sign then


Given the population, the school needs to be able to provide for the number of students attending SJSU.

go to overflow. It will take five extra minutes if I have to go to overflow,” Seleste Lopez, first-year credential student, said. “After school to go home, I leave around 6:30 p.m. One day, I waited 30 minutes for the shuttle

Sharing is not caring Huan Xun Chan STAFF WRITER

In the era of new media entertainment, video–streaming channels have gained a foothold in the market. According to Statista, a statistic portal, Netflix had the most subscribers. It hid more than 130 million accounts worldwide in the second quarter of 2018. Among them, 56.71 million were from the United States. Hulu, one of the top three video streaming channels in the U.S., has more than 20 million subscribers. However, it may have even more users than what statistics show because many users share their accounts with family and friends. According to Forbes, “[users] aged 21 and younger share passwords at an alarming rate of 42 percent.” Sharing accounts and passwords to save money and enjoy the service from service providers does not sound ethical to me. Computer science junior, Cody Chan said he was using a subscription account paid by his parents. The account was shared by eight people. “We just use it as a family, but also I lend it to one friend. I think my little sister also lends it to one of her friends, so

two people outside the family,” Chan said. As a consumer, Chan believed that “In a moral, philosophical debate, it is not great ethically because you are basically stealing service from the provider,” however, he said, “I don’t take that perspective.” Chan added, “I think it’s fine because Netflix and those streaming channels know people are going to share [the account]. They probably take that into account for their finance plans.” Netflix allows different numbers of devices to stream videos simultaneously depending on the subscription package, which limits the number of people watching videos on the platform at the same time. According to TechCrunch, Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings said in 2016, user account sharing “hasn’t been a problem.” In 2014, the CEO of HBO Richard Pleper said, “It’s not that we’re ignoring it, we’re looking at different ways to affect password sharing. I’m simply telling you: It’s not a fundamental problem, and the externality of it is that it presents the brand to more and more people.”

Though the companies said account sharing had not been a problem, statistics above show young adults tend to share accounts with family and friends. As they grow up, it could be a potential threat to the future of video-streaming service companies. Jill Rosengard Hill, executive president at Frank N. Magid Associates, a leading media and entertainment research and strategy firm, said sharing passwords have a negative impact on new media companies. Hill said, “the cat is out of the bag … I wish I had a solution, because it’s really hurting the business model and monetization of these premium high value services,” according to CNBC. Millenials are used to account sharing but would they pay for their own subscription when they are financially stable? Subscription fees for video streaming channels like Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video range from $7.99 to $15 per month. I would say the costs are reasonable and not expensive. If consumers sharing passwords results in significant damage to the market, companies may raise their fees for video streaming service. Follow Huan Xun on Twitter @ Huanxun_chan

because there were a lot of people and I didn’t get on the first three buses. But other than that, [the wait] is maybe 15 to 20 minutes,” Lopez said. Though the cost for main campus parking permit is $192, some

students have to park at Park & Ride lot when the main lot is filled, a service that is $96 less than campus parking. It doesn’t seem fair to me, or any other student, to pay for a service and then end up settling for a service that cost less. SJSU should only offer, at most, 100 more semester permits than spaces and provide additional parking. Hospitality management senior Fetret Tadesse said, “SJSU needs to invest in more properties that allow, what is essentially a commuter school, to be a commut-

er school. They’re building new athletics, gyms, and what not. But what’s that supposed to do for the greater good of the student population.” San Jose, along with its university, is growing. Given the population, the school needs to be able to provide for the number of students attending SJSU. Not just because we are students, but because we are also paying customers that need to be taken into consideration. Follow Melody on Twitter @ spartanmelody

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More women in politics on the horizon Winona Rajamohan STAFF WRITER

If this year has shown us anything, it’s that women are beginning to take back the reins that once held us down. A report released in August by the Pew Research Center showed that 68 percent of Americans expect to have a female president in their lifetime. This indicates the stark success of women paving a new wave of power in our world today. Looking back throughout the course of American history, it’s clear that the battle to empower women has been a battle long fought. On Jul. 13, 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton headed to a tea party with her daughter and four other women in New York. According to the New York Assembly Home, the women spoke about their absence of voting rights, inability to own property and expectations to be flawless and submissive in taking care of their households. Their tea party chatter turned into an organizational platform for the first ever women’s

rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, launching the start of the 70-year run of the American Women’s Rights Movement. We’ve come a long way from fighting for women to have a role in participating to choose their own government. In fact, 2018 has been shaping up to be the year of historic milestones for women. Milestones that Staton and her friends might have thought to be way too out of reach as they sat around the table at their tea party. Last year was shaky ground for women movements all across the country and the struggle to get their voices heard through a series of issues was apparent. There were the degrading comments made by President Trump and the rise of efforts imposed to reduce funds for Planned Parenthood. There were also the startling accounts of sexual harassment and assault on powerful A-list women in Hollywood. With all these occurrences breaking


the surface, it seemed to me as though the plight of women were being shoved to a degree of lesser importance. Women have risen to the occasion, using the challenges of 2017 to build upon a stronger foundation of support that would give women the power they need to say enough is enough. The United States has seen a record number of women running for Congress this year with 476 female House candidates, according to The New York Times. Data collected by the Pew Research Center shows that a total of 19 women have been

nominated for Senate seats in the midterm elections following the conclusion of August primaries, breaking the record of 18 women set in 2012. In the House of Representatives’ primaries, 154 Democratic women and 44 Republican women have won so far. The previous record of 167 women was held in 2016. Though many of these women will be contending in extremely tough races that may not directly result in a significant uptick of representation in the government. The historic feat is still evidence that

we are in a new era where the presence of women as influencers are undeniable. “I see a woman being elected president as something that will likely happen in my lifetime,” political science major Kiley Staufenbeil said. “As gender roles continue to shift and become more fluid, I think we’ll continue to see more representation in all aspects of American society.” When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated 19-year incumbent New York Representative Joseph Crowley in June, it proved that even young woman new to

politics were being given a chance to bring their strengths to the table. The 28-year-old’s victory against Crowley overwhelmed me with a sense of hope as a young woman emerging into a working world so often dominated by men. Women have made their marks in the area of civil rights through the #MeToo movement and the Women’s March, and now their efforts are shaping government policies that include more than just a dabble of female opinion. Follow Winona on Twitter @ winonaarjmh

Superhero films deserve more recognition Myla La Bine STAFF WRITER

In an interview with The Film Stage, actor Ethan Hawke stated that “Logan” was not a great movie, but a “fine superhero movie.” He continued to say that there is a difference between the two,

tional and the ending leaves you speechless. The fact that “Logan” is about a Marvel character should not matter when determining whether it is a great film or not. There is no single definition of what makes a

It isn’t a secret that comic book films generate more box office revenue than small-budgeted films, but that shouldn’t be a valid reason for excluding them at awards shows.

implying that films of the comic book genre should not be considered amazing cinema. I, however, disagree and believe that comic book films deserve proper recognition. “Logan,” which was released last year, earned high praise from critics for its touching story and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film is truly unlike anything else in the genre. It features fight sequences and heavy violence, but it is also incredibly emo-

great film; rather, there are several components that constitute what makes one. I think the best films have an intriguing story, believable performances and are memorable overall. “Logan” and several comic book films certainly fit these categories, as do films of other genres. For example, I was just as moved by the dynamic between Wolverine and X-23 in “Logan” as I was when I watched Elisa and the Amphibian Man bond in “The Shape of Water.”

While the two relationships are dissimilar, with Wolverine and X-23 acting like father and daughter, their portrayals are both highly convincing. The only detail separating the films is that “The Shape of Water” was a considerably stronger contender during awards season. There isn’t a specific reason as to why that was the case, but I suspect “Logan” wasn’t taken as seriously because it was still “a superhero movie.” “The Shape of Water” received the Academy Award for Best Picture and “Logan” went home with nothing. One could argue that “Logan” did not stand a chance against the other films nominated, but it is important to note that Entertainment Weekly reported it as “the first film to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay based on superhero comic books.” This fact proves that comic book films are lacking in terms of receiving accolades compared to other genres, like dramas. Hawke said in the same interview regarding “Logan” that “big business wants you to think that this is a great film because they wanna make money off of it.” It isn’t a secret that comic book films generate more box office revenue than small-budgeted films, but that shouldn’t be a valid reason for excluding them at awards shows.

The Academy announced in August that it would be adding a “Best Popular Film” category to the Oscars next year, which many did not find fair. This new addition seemed like a consolation prize for high-budget films that traditionally do not get nominated for Best Picture, but do well at the box office. When “Black Panther” was released earlier this year, some believed that it was worthy of a Best Picture nomination. The Los Angeles Times reported last month that Disney hired “veteran Oscar strategist Cynthia Swartz to orchestrate [an awards] campaign.” I personally believe “Black Panther” is completely deserving of a Best Picture nomination and I am glad the Best Popular Film category was scrapped last Thursday. Comic book films should not be classified as good or bad based on their genre. Films should be judged on their quality, regardless of what goes on during the runtime. Follow Myla on Twitter @ mylalabine25





Free tuition . . . who is going to pay for this? Vicente Vera STAFF WRTIER

Free college for all students is a concept that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. embraced as the cornerstone of his 2016 presidential campaign. “If [students] study hard and take their school work seriously, they [should] be able to get a higher education, regardless of their family’s income,” Sanders said in an op-ed for VICE Impact. I agree with the message from Sanders. As a country, we should be working toward making college affordable for students. However, we shouldn’t burden taxpayers with the tuition fees of everyone without taking into consideration the time and effort students are willing to invest. Financial aid should depend on a family’s income. Families that truly cannot afford to send their children to college should have priority over those that can bear the cost. Students should take advantage of part-time job opportunities and already established financial aid opportunities. In my experience, the odd jobs and small scholarships I’ve accrued over the years, along

with financial aid from my parents, has made university affordable. While I recognize that as a commuter I don’t pay for on-campus housing, I still consider myself a part of Sanders’ target demographic. It is my belief that if a student is truly motivated to further his or her education, they will find a way to pay for it. College should be seen as an investment, not a fire pit that burns money. People should always be on the lookout for scholarship opportunities. Financial aid, in any form, is out there for students to utilize. According to Edvisor, about three million students in the 20132014 academic year who didn’t file for FAFSA would have qualified for the Pell Grant. Sanders should shift his focus from free college to raising awareness and expanding the funding of already existing federal aid systems like the Pell Grant. The grant allocates funds based on financial need. This criterion ensures the system won’t constantly be taken advantage of by students with more than enough


It is my belief that if a student is truly motivated to further his or her education, they will find a way to pay for it. financial security to pay their own tuition. Though students, like myself, love the idea of free college, not all local governments can afford it, nor are they inclined to pay for it. City College of San Francisco (CCSF) recently added a tuition-free program called “Free City,” but it wasn’t necessari-


ly out of empathy for the students. On July 2, 2012, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges threatened to rescind the accreditation status of CCSF. The school’s accreditation was renewed for another seven years on Jan. 13, 2017. Because of the five years the institution’s

credibility was in limbo, the student population shrank from 83,401 students to 61,685 by Fall 2017, according to CCSF enrollment data. In order to encourage weary students to trust in CCSF, a small portion of the city’s tax revenue was set aside to create the “Free City” opportunity. The key word is “opportunity.” SFGate reported that about 18,000 of the Fall 2017 students participated in the “Free City” program, close to 4,000 of which have already dropped out. CCSF has been criticized by the city of San Francisco for not requiring students to first apply for federal aid.

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The lack of real student interest in free college, coupled with the federal and local government’s inability to afford it at this time is overwhelmingly evident. Tuition-free college should not be our immediate solution to overcome fears of high student debt. We should first look into applying for federal aid opportunities and independent scholarship programs that require applicants to demonstrate why a grantor should invest in their education.

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Spartans look to find success in water By Winona Rajamohan STAFF WRITER

The San Jose State University men’s water polo team ushered in its upcoming season ranked 14th nationwide in the Collegiate Water Polo Association preseason poll. The Spartans finished last season with a 13-15 overall record and were ranked 11th nationally in the 2017 Collegiate Water Polo Association. Last season marked the highest national ranking for the team since the men’s water polo program was reinstated in 2015. The Spartans have their eye on breaking the record once again. “Our goal this year is to make the top 10,” head coach Bruce Watson said. Watson, who is returning for his fourth season, is excited for the team to get back into the next three months with “a lot more fire power.” “When you build a team, you strive to get a winning and good culture where they want to do well and pull together,” Watson said. “Finally, we have a group like that.” Ten incoming freshmen and six international players were signed over the summer and joined the eight returning players from last year’s squad.

When you build a team, you strive to get a winning and good culture where they want to do well and pull together. Bruce Watson head coach

Building chemistry among the returners and new players was a key factor the Spartans wanted to conquer, and the team is doing exactly that. “We’re a bunch of guys who hang out with each other when we have free time. We do a lot of stuff outside of the pool together, so I feel like we work better together,” sophomore Marc Weber said. “The atmosphere when we practice together is way, way better.” Losing a good amount of talent from last season was an initial worry for the team, but the Spartans now say there’s no drop-off in talent. “Though we lost a lot of talent, we can play better together now than last year,” Weber said. Watson said the boys have been showing great success


Spartans sophomore driver Marc Weber is set to return in full force after suffering from a broken arm at the start of last season.

in its preseason exhibition matches in meshing together as a team. “This has been the best chemistry and camaraderie we’ve had since the team has been back,” Watson said. The team started off the season with three exhibition matches on Sept. 1, where it secured wins against West Valley College and an Alumni-Master’s squad. The Spartans lost against Stanford in a tough game, but

played well with their youngest goalie in the cage. The matches also allowed the team to recognize elements they need to improve. The Spartans are now working on one or two nights a week to bring significant improvement. “These matches were about blowing out cobwebs, making mistakes and getting used to the system,” sophomore Justin Pickering said. The Spartans started the

season by showcasing different team dynamic in their gameplay, shifting the focus from having a key player pull in the scores. “Last year, we had one or two players that scored and were very good. Now we have a number of players,” Watson said. “It’s all part of becoming more of a team rather than star or player oriented.” The team is striving toward developing their chemistry and encouraging new play-

ers to gain the experience they need. “As a team right now we’re in a pretty good environment,” Pickering said. “Last year, the team culture had ups and downs but we’ve gotten new guys that are open to learn and listen so it’s just about keeping that consistency.” Follow Winona on Twitter @winonaarjmh

Kaeper-Nike deal scores big for social justice Melody Del Rio STAFF WRITER

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick landed on the cover for the 30th anniversary of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign. The ad, featuring the new face of Nike, displays a black-and-white close-up of Kaepernick’s face with the caption, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Harry Edwards, sports sociologist who helped create the Olympic Project for Human Rights, said, “The Nike involvement turns on two things. One, it’s a good business deal. Second, it’s also the role of corporations and difficult times to step into the breach and remind us of who we are and what we stand

for, in respective of where we are.” The ad references Kaepernick’s silent protest during the 2016 football season. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick stated on NFL. com. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” San Jose State football head coach Brent Brennan said, “[The ad] has helped discussion on where we are at as a country and the things he is

trying to bring ing attention to. It’s a really interesting thing that he is talking alking about, and that our ur players are talking about. It’s a good time ime to [talk about it]. ].” On Aug. 14, 2016, Kaepernick rnick sat down during uring the anthem before the 49ers’ third preseason game. After Kaepernick rnick was accused of being ing anti-military and anti-American, he mett with former Green Beret, Nate Boyer, to make ke sure his message was as getting across without ut disrespecting troops. Accordingg to Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Boyer said, “Soldiers ers take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave; to show w respect. When we’re on a patrol; atrol; and we go into a security ity halt, we take a knee, and we pull security.” On Sept. pt. 1 2016,

Kaepernick took a knee, Kaep A little over two years ago, Kaepernick announced his Kaep involvement with Nike. invol “I think it’s important for everybody to speak for or o against issues they feel are a important,” Brennan said. You get the oppors tunity to say how you feel t about things that you’re a passionate about or are p important to you so whethim er it’ it s an athlete, a student or the m media.” Edwards said, “He will Ed take his place alongside other athlete athle icons in the history of western civilizations. Not w because becau of what he did on the field, but because of what f he [d [did] in terms of human rights right at great sacrifice.” Nike’s deal with N Kaepernick immediately Kaep resulted in the stock dropresul ping 2.60 (-3.16 percent) a day after the announcement. a However, according to Edison How Trends, Nike sales grew 31 Tren percent perce from Sunday through

Tuesday over the Labor Day holiday this year compared with the previous year. According to Sporting News, The NFL released a statement last Tuesday stating, “[The National Football League] embrace the role and responsibility of everyone involved with this game to promote meaningful, positive change in our communities. The social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action.” Edwards said, “A nation that was founded on an idea…it still comes down in to a fundamental faith, that we as a society are better than what we are now. Otherwise, Kaepernick would have just taken his check and forgotten about [people’s rights]… except for one thing, [he] believes in and cares about this country.” Follow Melody on Twitter @spartanmelody


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