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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Vol. 95, Issue 3

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BUSINESS & FINANCE

SPORTS

A NEW RECORD

REBOUND SEASON

The music industry has taken a hit with the economic slump.

Men’s soccer features an outstanding rookie class for 2009.

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San Diego State University’s Independent Student Newspaper since 1913

UNIVERSITY PROTESTS BUDGET

Glenn Connelly / Photo Editor

A banner reading “Stand Together for SDSU” created a backdrop for the budget rally organized by university faculty, staff and students yesterday in front of Hepner Hall. Speakers included SDSU President Stephen L. Weber and A.S. President Tyler Boden.

Faculty, staff express outrage about recent budget reductions K R I ST I N A B L A K E S E N I O R S TA F F W R I T E R

San Diego State students, faculty, staff and others attended a campuswide budget rally in front of Hepner Hall yesterday. Advocates and curious onlookers stretched across the school’s lawns and sidewalks in order to show their support of the rally by cheering the speakers and booing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state legislature. They protested recent budget cuts that have left SDSU with fe we r a n d larg-

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er classes, because about 700 staff members will not be returning to SDSU. Much of the faculty still employed face mandatory furlough days, causing roughly a 10 percent salary reduction. Additionally, fees have increased 32 percent in the last two months. Speakers at the event echoed a repeated montage: “Stand Together for SDSU.” Students signed banners displaying the slogan, and plan to send one of the autographed banners to the office of the governor and legislature as a symbol of the solidarity of the SDSU community. The second banner will remain on campus to serve as a reminder of commitment. to the cause. Gene Lamke, a professor for the Hospitality and Tourism Management department, opened the rally and energized the crowd with a tone of determination. On the

first day of the fall semester, he warned students that this academic year will be different because of the budget. “It’s going to affect each and every one of us,” Lamke said. “We all need to stand up together. We need to stand up and tell Sacramento that we’re not going to take it anymore … We’re madder than hell and we’re going to stand up for ourselves.” Many students attended to protest the recent increase in student fees. Carly Neun, education senior, said she has to work in order to pay for higher education and the additional fees have resulted in an additional burden.

“It’s so much money, all the extra fees,” Neun said. “I can’t afford not to have a job, which is annoying.” Anthropology senior Ann Kimho also said she has to work to pay for college. She has recently had to work temporary positions, because her hours have been cut for her oncampus job as a student assistant at the library. “It’s impossible to go to college without working these days,” Kimho said. Advocates didn’t just show up with friends, but with specific interest groups, too. Members from the School of Social Work’s Student Social Action Committee protested by holding poster boards with messages. Kellie Scott, a member of the committee and a second-year graduate student, held a sign that read “education matters.” “We wouldn’t be here without education,” Scott said. “With the budget cuts we’re seeing fewer classes, larger classes and higher tuition. It’s not a good thing.” Speakers presented the budget cuts as a contradiction to stimulating the economy. University Senate Chair Edith Benkov said that while the legislature wants to rebuild the economy, budget cuts won’t allow for a well-educated workforce of the future. She noted CSU universities rejected more than 40,000 qualified students as a result of the decreased funding. After the rally, Associated Students President Tyler Boden, who spoke at the event, said he was pleased with the turnout. He said he “absolutely” believes he represents the majority of students’ opinions on the matter. “I’m a student that doesn’t have any money; I get financial aid for everything I do,” Boden said. “I really care about my quality of education, I care about m y

accessibility to my classes and the affordability of my schooling. I definitely represent that in many students.” Boden said that he hopes the event encourages others to have an active voice in the matter. “I hope that it gets more people engaged in the conversations about how to fix the problem that we have in front of us,” Boden said. “I don’t know if anybody really has the answer, but if we all just have conversations together, then we can reach a better answer than what we have now.” The speakers at the rally, including Boden, presented multiple methods for students and others to have their voices heard. In addition to signing the banners, attendees were encouraged to “vent at the tent,” where complaint forms could be filled out or a video message could be recorded for the governor. SDSU’s Web site also offers students a chance to use an e-advocacy tool to send a message to legislatures. Calls to the San Diego District Office of the Governor for comment were not immediately returned. SDSU President Stephen L. Weber summed up the theme of the rally in his closing speech. “There are things worth fighting for in this life,” Weber said. “Higher education and the opportunities it represents are worth fighting for.”


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STATE OF MIND

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A GUEST’S PERSPECTIVE

Education system needs reform

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alifornians need a new way to think about the profession of teaching and this little thing called tenure. Ninety-seven percent of teachers in New York City received their tenure after three years of service, and 99 percent of them received a satisfactory teacher’s rating prior to 2002. Last month the New York State Senate voted to renew the policy it implemented in 2002 granting New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg unilateral power over the city’s education system. This move has seen test scores and graduation rates in New York City schools increase and holds bad teachers accountable for their mistakes. This is a great first step by a major state to wean teachers off of the idea of tenure. The hope of tenure breeds mediocrity at best and is arguably the single most important factor in our country’s academic decline. In 2002, Bloomberg was able to establish “Rubber Rooms” and get past tenure laws by sending incompetent teachers to facilities where they receive full pay and summers off, waiting for a competency hearing, while their students get a better education with more qualified teachers. In 2005, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to pass Proposition 74 that called for teacher’s tenure terms to be moved from two years of experience to five years. Tenure, something previously reserved for judges and college professors, has become a major issue for teachers in recent decades. In 1921, California became the first state to establish a teacher tenure law. As the law stands, a teacher will establish tenure if they complete a two-year probationary period, and can only be let go for just cause, something very hard to

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prove. With the current system, if a teacher can weather two years they essentially receive lifetime employment. Tenure has made teachers bulletproof. No other job in the country has the kind of job security and vacation time teaching offers. Tenure eliminates competition between teachers. Without the constant fear of being fired or sanctioned, teachers are free to do what they want after two years of playing it safe.

“The hope of tenure breeds mediocrity at best and is arguably the single most important factor in our country’s academic decline.”

They become less motivated and eventually their performance suffers. Teachers, like in every other job, should have to compete for privileges, salary, growth and opportunity. Instead, after two years, they stay at the same level and get raises, not based on merit, but on longevity. The way it stands now, teachers do not compete to maintain their jobs. They simply must show up for two years and show they

are competent enough to continue teaching, a feat which 97 percent of New York City teachers have been able to achieve. Even with Bloomberg, the highest percentage of teachers denied tenure has been 6.5 percent. More so, it makes no sense to give teachers who receive “satisfactory scores” tenure, because then there’s no motivation to improve. The best solution to this problem is one that was proposed by Teach for America alumna, Michelle Rhee. The new contract proposed by Rhee allows teachers to make up to $130,000 a year if they opt out of their tenure rights. Considering starting salary is $32,000, with the average teacher making less than $48,000, this would be enticing for the teachers and the school districts who do not have to worry about the fees, fines and court time that is spent firing each teacher. It would also eliminate the stronghold the current labor unions have on our government and give the children of America a real voice. It is important that the practice of tenure be eliminated from our current system. Teachers have become so powerful and, unfortunately, so underqualified that they have taken the American dream and squashed it, hiding behind their union bosses, all while the children they are supposed to be shaping are worse off every year. We need teachers that care about educating our future, not professionals looking for job security.

—Ammar Moheize is a journalism junior. —This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec. Send e-mail to opinion@thedailyaztec.com. Anonymous letters will not be printed — include your full name, major and year in school.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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NEWS TO KNOW Democratic Senator of Massachusetts, Edward M. Kennedy, died last Tuesday in his home in Hyannis Port, Mass. from brain cancer. In a final push to advocate universal health care, which he called the cause of his life, “Teddy” Kennedy requested Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick appoint a temporary replacement for his seat in the Senate to vote on the current health care reform bill. Kennedy will be buried next to his two brothers John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington D.C. He was 77.

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The China Daily newspaper recently revealed that two-thirds of the organs used in the 10,000 organ transplant operations each year are taken from death row inmates after they are executed. In an attempt to shift away from this policy and hinder a large black market organ trade, the Chinese government is

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creating a voluntary donation program to supply the estimated 1.5 million people that need transplants with organs. Analysts believe this program will be ineffective because Chinese cultural traditions prohibit the removal of organs from deceased persons. With a reported 1,718 death orders in last year alone, China currently executes more people with the death penalty annually than any other nation. A Los Angeles jury recently requested that tobacco giant Philip Morris USA pay Jodie Bullock, the daughter of a woman who died of lung cancer, $13.8 million in punitive damages. Betty Bullock, who sued Philip Morris in 2001 on charges of fraud and product liability, died at the age of 64 after smoking cigarettes for 47 years. The reward ordered to her daughter settled the eight-year legal dispute, after a jury originally recommended that Philip Morris pay $28 billion to Bullock in 2002.

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Four U.S. soldiers were recently killed in southern Afghanistan by a bomb, bringing the allied death toll for this year to 295, which is one more death than last year, making 2009 the deadliest year since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001. A total of 1,340 U.S. and allied personnel have died in Afghanistan alone since then.

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held the Great California Garage Sale last Friday and Saturday in Sacramento to generate revenue off of hundreds of unused state property items such as highway patrol motorcycles, BlackBerry phones, computers and desks. Additionally, many state vehicles were auctioned off or sold at fixed prices in an effort to reduce the state fleet by 15 percent. Miscellaneous state items were on sale as well, including a surfboard, antique

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piano, high-priced jewelry, an Xbox 360 game console and a fishing boat. Mohammed Jawad, one of the youngest detainees held in the Guantanamo Bay prison facility, was released in Afghanistan last week after seven years of imprisonment and is now attempting to sue the U.S. for compensation. Jawad was detained for allegedly throwing a hand grenade at a vehicle and injuring two U.S. troops and an interpreter. Jawad’s lawyers stated he was 12 years old when he was detained in 2002, but Pentagon records show that he received a bone scan proving his age to be about 17. U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle ordered Jawad’s release from the facility, stating that his case was “riddled with holes.”

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-Compiled by State of Mind Contributor Tom Hammel

MEET IN THE MIDDLE

South Carolina governor should step down

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t seems the Republican Party can’t get a break. When South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford called for a press conference on June 23, no one expected the confession that followed. Viewers watched while Sanford stumbled through pointless stories and apologies. Finally, after seven minutes of rambling, the governor admitted to having an extramarital affair. After the press conference, it only made sense that Sanford would proceed to step down as governor. He instead returned to work only three days after his revelation. Last Wednesday, South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer asked Sanford to step down, stating his presence, “Make(s) it virtually impossible for our state to solve the critical problems we’re facing without a change in leadership.” The citizens of South Carolina have also asked Sanford to step down. An InsiderAdvantage poll states that 49.5 percent of people want him to resign, while only 36.6 percent want him to remain in office. After months of trying to escape media attention, Sanford still refuses to leave office, despite the fact that he has been distracted from doing his job as governor. Sanford plans to fulfill the remainder of his term, regardless of the lies he told his family, staff and constituents of South Carolina. Sanford must resign. His behavior is erratic and irresponsible. If he does not step down, then he should be impeached for misconduct. When the governor first disappeared from work, he told his staff that he would be hiking on the Appalachian Trail. His employees then unknowingly gave false information to the press about the governor’s supposed whereabouts. When it was revealed that Sanford had been in Argentina, he continued to hide the affair, stating that he needed a vacation. After all the lies, the governor came clean, but not after a huge attempt to cover up his digressions. Sanford omitted in his public apology that his affair was taxpayer-funded. He is currently being investigated for using thousands of dollars to visit his mistress. Sanford’s actions are despicable. For him to lie and spend taxpayer money on his affair demonstrates his selfish nature and disregard for his constituents. He is thinking of himself when, in reality, he needs to be doing his job

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and be held accountable for the millions of South Carolina residents he has wronged. Sanford not only let down his state, he let down the Republican Party. Many speculated that he would be a 2012 presidential candidate. The GOP had been counting on Sanford’s popularity in the limelight to revive the sinking party. Instead the governor disappointed the party. His affair weakens his entire party’s family values platform. Many members of the GOP have already called for Sanford to resign including House Republican Glenn McCall. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has also asked Sanford to resign, because, “He (put) his personal behavior above the responsibility for being available to govern and lead in the event of a crisis.” Sanford is an embarrassment to the Republican Party and will only continue to hurt it should he remain governor. Instead of staying in office, Sanford needs to focus on saving his relationship with his family. He needs to take his family out of the public eye to avoid more shame. Sanford stood alone, pale-faced, and without his wife or sons by his side when he told the public of his wrongdoings. His family and friends have abandoned him in his plight to remain governor; pretty soon he’ll have nothing left. Serving the remainder of the 16-month term shows that he is more concerned with his position of power than his own family. Even though Sanford already resigned as the head of the Republican Governor’s Association, it is not enough. He needs to realize that his political ambition cannot be salvaged, and he must step down. Sanford, do the honorable thing and resign. The people of South Carolina and the Republican Party deserve better.

—Sarah Grieco is a public relations junior. —This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec. Send e-mail to opinion@thedailyaztec.com. Anonymous letters will not be printed — include your full name, major and year in school.

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Gov. Mark Sanford’s infidelity is yet another embarrassing scar on the face of the Republican Party. After a memorable confession at his press conference on June 23, many thought a resignation would ensue. It didn’t.

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With 16 months left in his term, it willl be a long road to recovery for Sanford’s public image if he decides to stay on as governor. He was asked to step down last Wednesday by South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.


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BUSINESS & FINANCE

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ways to give back in tough economic times J O H N P. GA M B OA S TA F F W R I T E R

With Americans feeling the effects of the recession with a lack of available jobs, those who help others in need are also being hit hard. Around San Diego and the country, the number of charitable donations to nonprofit organizations has decreased, according to a study at Indiana University. As the use of services rise without a comparative increase in giving, organizations have been forced to lay off paid employees. As a result, nonprofits have been having as much of a hard time helping others as the rest of the country during this recession. However, San Diego County’s reported 12,000 registered nonprofits could use help from those who have extra time, or even a small amount of money to donate. Nonprofits can include myriad organizations and entities ranging from community performing arts to charitable acts around the region. One of the best ways to help a nonprofit is through the use of micro-donations. Most of the bigger charitable organizations around San Diego have harnessed the power of the Internet to increase donations while concurrently cutting down on the cost of processing each donation. Micro-donations are exactly how they sound. One dollar here, five dollars there. It may not sound like a lot, but if enough people forgo a Frappuccino, at a minimum of once a month, it could make all the difference in the world for an organization tightening its belt. It won’t get your

name on a plaque, but that’s not why most people give back. However, don’t feel bad about not giving that extra dollar at the grocery store checkout. Do your homework, know who and what you are giving to. This ensures your money falls into the hands of a cause you care to take part in. Words of caution: Be wary of buying products associated with charitable giving. The most egregious example is Ethos Water, a bottled water brand owned by Starbucks Coffee Company. Ethos purports itself as a nonprofit-like organization that helps get clean water to kids in the developing world every time you buy its product. However, in reality, it’s a for-profit enterprise that only gives about 10 cents to its cause for every $2 bottle of water sold. A person looking to give is better off donating directly while also offsetting the environmental impact of waste produced by bottled water. In fact, instead of buying more stuff, give away what you don’t need. There are several nonprofit thrift stores in San Diego that will gladly take the clothes you don’t wear anymore. On the plus side, you can sleep easy knowing that during recessions, thrift stores go through a boon as everyone is pinching pennies when it comes down to shopping. If you don’t have a job, or have some hours to spare during the week, check out www.volunteersandiego.com. It’s a fantastic local resource for people aiming to find ways to give back to the community in one way or another. On the site, Volunteer San Diego

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While economic cuts have affected us all, nonprofit organizations are continuing to help others in desperate need. Making dollar donations whenever possible and giving your time can add up to keep these businesses alive.

boasts nearly 36,000 engaged volunteers and contributions valued at $2.4 million each year. The site includes a Project Calendar to find events throughout the course of several months so it can plan better ways to give back to the community.

And finally, the most important thing to do is to get the message out. Tell other people to help out by giving, or organize a way for people to join you in whatever way possible to help others. After all, in a recession people still need a helping hand.

Once a thriving industry, now a broken record JARED W HITLOCK S TA F F W R I T E R

The music industry is in a freefall. Unlike formerly thriving businesses that blame the recession for their shrinking profits, the bad economy is only the most recent obstacle for an industry that’s been declining for nine years. The advent of MP3s and online piracy was

the beginning of the music industry’s problems. Initially, large record labels such as Sony Music Entertainment and Universal denounced music pirates and tried to contain file sharing by taking legal action. Despite the threat of harsh penalties, consumers grew accustomed to the digital format and online piracy continued unabated. As a result, according to www.digitalmusicnews.com, CD sales have plummeted 54.6 percent since the peak year in 2000.

The shifting landscape of music distribution left large record labels unsure of their role. Once the gatekeepers offering music in formats such as vinyl, cassettes and CDs to turn a profit, whereas now, consumers have completely bypassed them in favor of digital downloads. Faced with this fact, in the mid2000’s the industry was caught at a crossroad: Either embrace new technology and license their music to online retailers or continue to fight change with lawsuits and hope

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The music industry has been in a steep decline since the introduction of MP3 players and online piracy. Digital music downloads are now more common than purchasing CDs, vinyl and cassettes, which previously were the main source of profit for all major music labels, leaving them in limbo, wondering what role they play for consumers.

CDs make a comeback. Many major labels opted for the latter and their businesses took a nose dive. Slowly, companies such as Apple awakened to reality and successfully capitalized on digital music by selling it online. The iTunes business model has proven to be influential and caused major labels to re-evaluate their stance on digital music. Recently Sony, Warner, Universal and EMI Music announced plans to team up and start their own digital music service in hopes of reinventing themselves in a shaky economy. Also, to further combat the recession, large labels have slashed jobs from an already dwindling workforce. The major labels’ attempts to change and cut costs may have come too late according to Matt Anderson, owner of the local independent label Gravity Records. “The music industry was already on its knees before the recession but now its been hobbled worse, the last stores are going under, which was the last place for fans to get the products, but with the digital music thing taking over, along with the recession, the music industry is dead,” Anderson said. However, there are signs of life. One side of the music industry remains recessionproof: Concerts. According to a mid-year report published by www.pollstarpro.com, the Top 100 tours grossed a combined $1.16 billion, up more than 10.8 percent from the same period last year. Also, ticket sales increased 6.5 percent. Concerts are still profitable, if the price is right. Mindful of cash-strapped consumers, concert promoters Live Nation and Ticketmaster have partnered to offer discounts. For example, some concerts include deals such as four tickets for the price of three; other promotions waive the service charge on certain concert dates. Festival promoters got in on the act as well. For example, the Electric Daisy Carnival, held annually in Los Angeles, reduced ticket prices from $130 to $99 for a two-day pass. The success of concerts offers a glimpse into the future of the music industry. The Internet and piracy have stripped the value of physical music, but fans are still interested in paying to see their favorite acts perform. Parts of the music industry may not survive this recession, but there are opportunities for the music businesses that are willing to adjust to the changing market.


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HEALTH & FITNESS

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Work your sense of The 10 commandments humor and strike a pose for successful weight loss

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ou value your health and you want a strong body, but you need a plan. Command your mind and body to follow these 10 weight loss commandments. The guidelines will help to keep you motivated and focused on a healthier, happier you.

Thou shalt go fresh and go home Farmers markets provide fields — no pun intended — of fresh food options for low prices. If you can’t make it to a regularly scheduled market time, consider stores such as Whole Foods Market, Henry’s Marketplace and Trader Joe’s for organic, whole-grain and farm-fresh options.

Thou shalt go big for breakfast Make your day a bright one by eating right in the early hours. Keeping your calorie count between 300 and 500 calories in the morning can help you condense courses throughout the day. Allow yourself the pleasure of scrumptious scrambles, Canadian bacon and a glass of OJ.

Thou shalt smart snack It’s as simple as substituting a cup of strawberries for a prepackaged strawberry snack bar. Fruits and vegetables are filling. Start by exchanging two of your daily snacks with a favorite fruit or vegetable. MCT Campus

Among the benefits it brings such as building self-esteem and decreasing depression, laughter has also been found as a new way of exercise. Dr. Madan Kataria created the first laughing exercise known as Laughter Yoga.

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It’s almost impossible to feel bad after laughing. Yes, sometimes we laugh so hard our abdomen gets tight and we can hardly breathe — something that in most cases would scare and hurt us. But not when we’re laughing. Many studies testing the immense benefits laughing can create have been conducted. From mental benefits such as better selfesteem, less depression and a more positive social life to the physical benefits such as lower blood pressure, more oxygen in the heart and blood and less muscle tension. According to an article by Mary Payne Bennett and Cecile Lengacher, it is thought that laughter and a sense of humor can even help the immune system. Although this may seem too simple, in recent years more people have been discovering just how great laughing can be, and have started programs to spread the giggles. In March of 1995, a doctor in Mumbai, India wrote an article about laughter after realizing that it was getting pushed to the bottom of the list of ways to heal, despite it being more powerful than people thought (and cheaper than medication). So Dr. Madan Kataria decided to start the world’s first laughing club. It started with Kataria and a few of his friends meeting every day in the park and take turns telling jokes and making each other laugh. To their disappointment, it didn’t take long to realize that they were running out of jokes and Kataria also didn’t like the idea that the jokes were often making fun of other people. After more brainstorming and advice from his wife, a yoga instructor, Kataria created different types of exercises and activities that included laughing — some silly and playful, others stretching and good for muscles — and created Laughter Yoga. Since then, the club of just five people has grown into approximately 6,000 Laughter Yoga clubs in about 60 different countries. Laughter Yoga is different than what most people think of when they imagine yoga. No yoga mats or exercise clothes are involved. Laughter Yoga can even be done sitting down. There are a few main ideas of Laughter Yoga. One idea is to realize that you can laugh wherever and whenever you want, even if nothing is funny. It may feel forced and a little bit awkward but once you can break past your ego and feel the natural high of laughing for no reason, it’s worth it. Another idea of Laughter Yoga is learning

how to be a kid again, realizing that perhaps life isn’t as serious as we, as adults, make it out to be. Children are known for their incessant giggles and how easily they are amused. Just the sound of a child laughing can really help set off the journey to a happier life. The last main idea is gratitude — taking the time to truly focus on and appreciate all the amazing things life has to offer. Everyone is in different situations, everyone has different problems and stresses, but it’s the way that we react that can either empower us or bring us down further. Caroline A. Meeks M.D., who now refers to herself as Dr. Funshine, practiced traditional medicine for 20 years along with many other forms of health and counseling. Laughter Yoga helped her improve her own attitude and in turn bring more joy into her life, which allowed her to share the wealth of happiness with others. “I can laugh about things I used to take too seriously,” she said. At the beginning, Meeks found it difficult to convince others of the benefits of Laughter Yoga. “I came to realize that some people were embarrassed about what people might think of them acting silly, laughing so much without jokes or for no apparent reason,” Meeks said. She also said that it was difficult to accept that everyone wasn’t as outgoing or openminded but now she has learned to embrace everyone for who they are. “Now I respect that everyone has a different comfort zone. Laughter Yoga is not for everyone,” Meeks said. “We are all programmed differently as far as what interests us and our preferences for what makes us feel happy.” You can see Dr. Funshine every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. outside the San Diego Visitor Information Center at Mission Bay Park, leading a group of happy people in different laughing exercises. Dr. Funshine is one of many Laughter Yoga leaders in San Diego. Besides hosting her laughing group each Sunday she also does private Laughter Yoga classes around the county from senior citizen homes to churches and parties. Throughout San Diego, there is at least one Laughter Yoga group every day of the week if not several in one day. The sessions are always free, everyone is welcome and anyone who shows up late shows up at “the perfect time.” The whole idea is to feel good and spread the joy. For more information on local Laughter Yoga groups in San Diego, visit the Web site www.laughinginsandiego.com.

Thou shalt avoid additives Prepackaged foods are loaded with added sugars, fats, sweeteners and preservatives. In moderation, these ingredients may not be seriously harmful, but without proper awareness and control, additives can lead to long-term problems: Think weight gain, obesity and other health problems.

Thou shalt clean then cook Cleaning fresh foods and cooking them at home will help create flavorful meals. Start with at least a few homemade dinners to get a routine. Cooking for you means controlling the ingredients you prefer and accepting accountability for your nutrition.

Thou shalt bite, chew and breathe Eating fast causes you to choke or your

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stomach to churn. If you’ve ever felt the pain of portion overload after a meal, you aren’t pacing yourself. Take a bite you can comfortably chew on and let your tummy tell you when you are satisfied.

Thou shalt build to burn Muscle gain is to metabolism what cardio is to fat burn: You need to do the former before you get the benefits of the latter. If you establish a proper exercise routine including at least three days of strength training and regularly scheduled cardio sessions, you will increase your resistance, build strength and burn calories.

Thou shalt portion your poison Social scenes are overflowing with alcohol, while soda machines and fountain drinks are the ultimate carbonated convenience. Although these diet “poisons” aren’t the best compliments to a healthy lifestyle, you don’t have to eliminate them, you just have to limit them. Try one glass instead of two and three days a week instead of every day.

Thou shalt count carbs while you sleep Craving desserts in the dark hours? You should consider swapping sweets for sleep. The more rest you get, the lower hunger hormones are and you can wake up satisfied with your sweet dreams.

Thou shalt document without denial You counted the cereal and wrote down the Chewy Granola Bar but no one will ever know you had the chocolate chip cookie. You know though; and so do your hips and thighs. Keep a food journal so you can keep your diet straight and put your mind at ease.

—Natalia Van Stralen is a journalism senior. —This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec.

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HEALTH & FITNESS 8 Walgreens and CVS pharmacies to offer specialized services

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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CHICAGO — Amid the economic downturn and slow growth for retail and outpatient medical care services, pharmacy giants Walgreens Co. and CVS Caremark Corp. are rolling out specialized services at their instore clinics, going beyond treatment of routine maladies. Launched throughout the last four years to care for such simple ailments as ear and sinus infections, strep throat or pink eye, retail clinic operators now are training nurses to do specialized injections for such chronic conditions as osteoporosis and asthma.

“Retail clinics not only market themselves as a convenience, they also can be less expensive, providing a competitive threat to primary care doctors and even specialists.” In addition, they are offering treatments for advanced skin conditions that include removal of warts and skin tags or closing minor wounds. Care for minor “sprains and strains” is also being offered at some retailers, and pilot projects are under way for breathing treatments and special infusions of drugs derived from biotechnology. “We want to create a health corner, a real center that looks like you are walking into the doctor’s office,” Walgreens Chief Executive

Officer Gregory Wasson said of the Deerfield, Ill.-based retailer’s Take Care brand clinics. There is a business reason for adding services. Walgreens and CVS have slowed their expansion of clinics and are instead making attempts to boost revenue by adding new lines of business in their clinics. Typically staffed by advanced-degree nurses known as practitioners, most of the nation’s more than 1,100 retail health clinics are open seven days a week, with no appointment needed. The model has been greeted by health insurers, employers and consumer groups as one way to address the rising number of uninsured Americans, estimated at more than 46 million. Retail clinics not only market themselves as a convenience, they can also be less expensive, providing a competitive threat to primary care doctors and even specialists. Costs for services for those paying out-of-pocket at retail clinics generally run between $55 and $75 compared to $100 or more for a visit to a primary care physician. The physician community says consumers should look at the added services by clinics with skepticism, particularly when it comes to care for chronic ailments. And doctors say what a consumer may see as routine may turn out to be something worse. “A sprain could be a muscle tear or a break, for crying out loud, so how does a (retail) clinic know when the patient comes in that they are going to treat a sprain?” Dr. James Milam, president of the Illinois State Medical Society said. “When my nurse gives an injection, I am here. The patient needs a regular doctor who has a history with the patient, knows their history, their family history and their illnesses.” But retailers say they are not going beyond “scope of practice” laws that regulate what nurse practitioners can and cannot do. The clinics are supervised by physicians, though doctors usually are not on site. “These are new services we were not pro-

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viding that our customers asked us to provide,” said Chip Phillips, former president of MinuteClinic, a CVS subsidiary. MinuteClinic said this spring that it added treatments for sprains, acne, wound care and motion sickness and testing for tuberculosis. And in Ohio, clinics are piloting a program to provide asthma patients with nebulizer breathing treatments. In Florida, Walgreens launched a pilot program at its Tampa and Orlando clinics to provide injections for patients with asthma and osteoporosis.

“A high percentage of new drug development is targeted toward biologics that will require clinical administration,” Walgreens spokesman Michael Polzin said. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which works with several outside companies to staff clinics in its stores, has remained focused on “providing the stay-well and get-well services that we have always done, such as ear infections, sore throats and bladder infections,” spokeswoman Christi Gallagher said, adding that the company is “always looking for ways to better serve our customers.”

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Stellar freshman class poised for success D AN P E R E Z S TA F F W R I T E R

High expectations, put simply, are what the San Diego State men’s soccer team has for the 2009 season. Last year was a letdown for SDSU; it finished with a sub-.500 record and ended up third in the Pac-10 standings. But the numbers are spelling out a different story for the Aztecs. SDSU has eight starters coming back, its recruiting class was named 22nd best in the nation and freshman Jose Altamirano was included as one of the top 100 Freshman From Coast To Coast To Keep An Eye On. With all the preseason facts, 2009 is already adding up to be better than last season.

Player to watch The Aztecs won’t have their eyes on just one player this season, but a trio of senior co-captains: forward Matt McManus, midfielder Jamel Wallace and defender Nick Cardenas. “We work as a unit, and it would be unfair to not recognize all our leaders,” head coach Lev Kirshner said. “These three guys have earned everything and will be a big part of our driving force.”

Key losses With eight players returning, the key losses are evident in the backfield, with SDSU losing defenders Dennis Sanchez and Danny Ortiz.

“Both of them brought so much leadership to our team and losing them leaves us a lot to make up,” Wallace said. “But all of us returning learned so much from them and we know we can improve and play well without them.”

Mark your calendars It doesn’t matter how many times the players are asked, the games they look forward to each season are any against UCLA. “It’s the best when we play UCLA,” Wallace said. “We don’t really like them that much and we love to beat up on them, especially when all our fans are out there cheering us on.” Last season the Aztecs failed to get a win against the Bruins and they don’t want to let that happen again. “All the Pac-10 games are good games, but any game against UCLA is personal,” Cardenas said.

son starts, but we are all expecting him to give us a big boost. But Kirshner prefers not to single out one player as he has confidence in all of his new recruits. “All of our players are going to make a great impact for us, that’s why they get to play. And I think it is up to the fans to really watch and research to figure out which of our players will be making the biggest contribution,” Kirshner said.

“All the Pac-10 games are good games, but any game against UCLA is personal.”

Newcomer to watch The three senior captains all agreed that the one player out of the nationally recognized recruiting class who is definitely going to make his name known is freshman forward Devon Sandoval. “Devon is a big physical kid and he digs in deep in the front,” McManus said. “He throws his body around and has already shown he can keep up with the pace of the college game. We’ll see how he does mentally once the sea-

—Nick Cardenas, senior defender

Quotable “This year I really am not out there teaching. We have a lot of returners and all I need to do is remind because they know what they have to do and what we need to win,” Kirshner said. “This is going to be a fantastic season and our players are looking forward to performing at their best.”

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Aztecs win in San Jose After a one-goal victory against San Jose State, SDSU blows lead at Stanford F E L I N A T A M BA KO S S TA F F W R I T E R

This year’s San Diego State women’s soccer team isn’t wasting anytime improving from last year. After last year’s team took only one win on foreign turf all season, came back from a SDSU 1 SDSU weekend in the Bay Area SJSU 0 this week with one win, and one close call. Friday night’s game in San Jose was threatening at first, but the Aztecs were able to conquer with a shutout win. “Friday was a challenge for us,” head coach Mike Friesen said. “(San Jose State) had a difficult place for us to play because it’s not a grass field and it’s significantly small.” Both factors turned out to be surmountable as SDSU took the game with a 1-0 win. The Aztecs outshot the Spartans 17-7, and kept possession of the ball for the majority of the game. Just after halftime, junior midfielder Cat Walker scored in the 53rd minute with a composed kick into the far post. Senior forward Jessica Gordon set up the play by rushing down the left side of the field then driving the ball across to Walker. Walker showed strong offense the whole game, leading the team with five attempts. Junior goalkeeper Aubree Southwick helped maintain the lead with two saves, giving her a second shutout for the season. Southwick also aided SDSU Sunday afternoon in Palo Alto for its game against Stanford.

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In the 53rd minute of Friday’s game at San Jose State, junior midfielder Cat Walker scored the only goal of the game as SDSU shutout the Spartans. On Sunday, the Aztecs fell 5-2 at Stanford.

She allowed no goals in the first half of play and made nine total saves during the game. “Southwick did a phenomenal job and gave us those extra saves we needed to prove ourself with Stanford.” Friesen said. “They were a really impressive team, they’re in the top three of the country, but we proved we can play with anybody.”

“(Stanford was) a really impressive team, they’re top three in the country, but we proved we can play with anybody.” —Mike Friesen, head coach

Freshman forward Niki Fernandes made her debut goal with the Aztecs at the 40 minute mark. Gordon scored 51 minutes after a pass from Walker, reciprocating the play from Friday night, taking a leading score of 2-0 in the second half. SDSU’s lead was the first held against Stanford for the season. But later in the second half, Stanford was able to squeeze five goals into a span of 26 minutes, stealing the win out of Aztec grasp with a final score of 5-2. Despite the loss, the goals against Stanford show promise for the future of the team. “Stanford is ranked so well so they’re supposed to win, and win big,” Friesen said, “But I think they were very surprised by our athleticism, and we were certainly a threat.”


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ztecs, I can safely say that I am not scared of many things. Heights are OK and no spider stands a chance against the business end of my Swiffer. But, as my mom informed me that we would be road-trippin’ to visit family for the weekend, my palms began sweating and my heart raced the way only the San Diego State men’s basketball team can. Don’t get me wrong — family is great. Great in a home-cookedmeal-every-five-or-six-weeks-andextra-money-around-the-holidays way. But trapped in a Toyota Camry for six hours straight is nothing short of frightening. The fam-bam migrated to San Diego to pick me up and the first problem arose instantly — mom and sis did their girly thing and had already filled the trunk with their luggage, leaving me to lap my own copious amount of bags. Not comfortable. Next came my own spin on the classic license plate game. You’re most likely thinking of the game when you call out whenever you see an out-of-state license plate, with the added bonus if your version of the game includes

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punching your sibling or elderly family member at such an instance. Long ago, I found out that if I punch my sister anyway and tell her the Tennessee plate I saw just exited the freeway I can usually get away with it. But proceed with caution, this only works if your sibling is blind or especially spacey. And I don’t know about your family, but it is a long-standing tradition in mine to never settle on music that pleases everybody. Mom will most likely opt for Celine Dion, while I find Benny Benassi’s “I Love My Sex” makes the miles fly by faster. We finally came to a consensus and listened to a few Disney songs, but after my iPod decided to crap out and we were stuck listening to “The Lion King” soundtrack on repeat, I was feeling anything but Hakuna Matata. Being in the car when you’re a kid is kind of cool: You sit in your car seat, peruse a Berenstain Bears book and sip on a Capri Sun like you’re a G. The grownup me had no such luxury. “Road-trippin’” nowadays implies

something else entirely. I had to take a turn driving. My parents know I drive. After all, they pay my car insurance and see my Honda in the driveway when I honor them with a visit. However, they have no idea how I drive — half-asleep, fullyhungover, with a BlackBerry in one hand and my adopted Kenyan orphan on my lap. This usually results in a complete disregard for everyone else on the road, most of all pedestrians, and I won’t mention my tendency to push said Honda’s speedometer beyond its limit. That being said, my mother had every right to yell the slur of swearwords she did when I surprised that family in the Chevrolet Astro with my left-lane antics. But, it did hurt when she booked me a flight back to San Diego a day early and dropped me off at the airport three hours before my flight’s departure.

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (09/01/09) This year, sorting out the facts is even more important than getting the job done. A big project takes longer than a year; it could take your whole career.They need you to stay on track. If they do finish this year, it'll be because of you. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 6 A brainstorming session turns up great but insubstantial ideas. Don't throw them out. At least one will work. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 7 - A person set in his ways has an unusual request. No point arguing. It's easier to just provide what's desired. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 7 Rules and regulations complicate the project.You and your friends don't give up, and you do win the prize. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 7 You're anxious to get started, but you aren't quite sure where to go. Don't react emotionally; think it over. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 7 Listen to a technical type. Don't waste your time on something you know you're not going to do. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 7 -

If you can keep them on schedule, they'll be much more efficient. Show them how that happens and gain their support. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 7 You're fascinated by a person you can't really understand. Are you sure you want to go that way? SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 7 - You have a knack for initially finding the hard way to do things. But you do learn the lesson, thankfully. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 7 - Money's burning a hole in your pocket.You can afford a couple of treats, but don't pig out. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 7 - New technology is great, except for the learning curve.That's where you make mistakes, but you'll figure it out. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 7 - When you're doing research, you don't need anyone to show you how.You'll set up the protocol for them to follow. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 7 Ask your friends to help you figure out what needs to be done.They're in a better position to see than you are. © 2009,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.

—Tanya Dracolakis is a European humanities senior. —This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec.

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