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I N S I D E T O D AY TEMPO
Alumni Center to open soon C H R I S AR E C H A E D E R RA CONTRIBUTOR
ROCKING SOMA The Mars Volta gave an out-ofthis-world performance, complete with a Chinese gong. Page 2
TRAVEL & ADVENTURE
LOCAL WINERIES Find out how to experience Napa in the San Diego area. Page 3
GAME WINNER Cat Walker buried a shot, giving the Aztecs their third win of the season. Page 5
TODAY @ SDSU Free Concert
The San Diego State Alumni Association is coming back to campus with the construction of the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. Currently there are no buildings dedicated to the Alumni Association, making the Alumni Center its only territory on campus. The Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center is named after Jack Goodall, Leon Parma and Robert Payne, three alumni who contributed $2.7 million for the $11 million project. “It’s critically important to have an alumni center on campus as a drawing card to get people re-energized about the school,” Goodall, former president and chief executive officer of Jack in the Box, said in an interview with 360 Magazine in April. “What we’re trying to do is develop something here on campus that will get more people interested in the school and get them back to the school.” The facility, located on the west side of 55th Street at Hardy Avenue, is designed to welcome SDSU alumni and was built for the enjoyment of the entire campus, according to Executive Director for the Alumni Association Jim Herrick. “We are really proud of this new facility and we think it will serve the alumni community in a way that will be extremely helpful to San Diego State University,” Herrick said. According to Herrick, the Alumni Association is hoping to get the certificate of occupancy in two weeks, and move into the Alumni Center in late September. There
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The new 30,000-square-foot Alumni Center, which features meeting space for SDSU alumni, will hold its grand opening on Oct. 17.
will be a dedication ceremony Oct. 17 to mark the official grand opening of the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center at 11 a.m. The event is open to the public. According to the Alumni Association Web site, www.sdsualumni.org, the main entrance of the Alumni Center features a “spectacular rotunda” and a “beautiful lobby
with reception area.” Some features of the facility include a ballroom, which can be divided into three separate sections for approximately 260 people, a multi-purpose outdoor pavilion overlooking the athletic fields and Tony Gwynn Stadium, a boardroom for audio / visual presentations, as well as the Allan Bailey Library, which is
designed for the alumni community to relax and enjoy archives of SDSU and Aztec memorabilia. The 30,000-square-foot building is comprised of two levels. The first story is meant for interaction among all alumni, while the second story houses offices for both the Alumni Association and the Campanile Foundation.
Noon, Smith Recital Hall Karen Elaine, a former adjunct faculty member in the School of Music and Dance, will play the viola as part of the school’s music enrichment series. For more of today’s headlines, visit:
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A S S I S TA N T C I T Y E D I T O R
Standing tall, in the center of meeting and office spaces, a bowling alley, a radio station and the San Diego State Associated Students Council Chambers, is a lone and robust sycamore tree — the same one that was planted more than 40 years ago during the construction of Aztec Center. Four decades and a doubled student body later, A.S. is looking to leave its own symbol of growth and strength: a new student union called ModernSpace. They’ll just need one thing before breaking ground: your vote. A survey to gauge student opinion of ModernSpace will be available on WebPortal for two weeks beginning Sept. 14, according to A.S. Executive Vice President and ModernSpace Committee Chair Jeremy Katz. Similar to the one conducted in 2006, the survey will consist of questions about what services and programs students would like in their student union and if they support building a new one. After the survey is conducted, the ModernSpace Committee, along with its facility planners Brailsford & Dunlavey and architecture company Cannon Design, will use the results to plan the building and determine construction costs. In spring, A.S. will hold a referen-
dum for students to vote on a fee increase to fund ModernSpace. If passed, Katz said construction is expected to begin in Fall 2011 with a completion date set for Spring 2013. He added that the student fee increase would not be imposed until ModernSpace’s doors open. Katz said although many students who vote will no longer be at SDSU to use the new student union, he
“After the survey is conducted, the ModernSpace committee ... will use the results to plan the building and determine construction costs.” hopes that people consider the wants and needs of future students. Mike Arvizu, a public relations junior, and Jillian Robinson, a speech and language pathology junior, said they both voted in 2006 to approve the fee increase associated with ModernSpace. Arvizu said even though he won’t reap the benefits of ModernSpace, he doesn’t mind vot-
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A.S. voted to let students decide whether or not to raise fees for a new student union.
ing on behalf of future students. “I don’t see how else there could be a vote — go ask highschoolers?” Arvizu said. If the measure fails in the upcoming referendum, the fee increase that student voters approved in 2006, which was supposed to fund ModernSpace, will go toward repairs on Aztec Center. Because of a downturn in the economy and an increase in bond interest rates, the student fee increase originally voted on would not cover the cost to build ModernSpace.
“The building services department that runs Aztec Center has been limping along and sticking bubble gum over the problems, knowing and hoping that ModernSpace construction will begin soon,” Katz said. This semester’s first ModernSpace meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 in the Casa Real meeting room in Aztec Center. Katz said the meeting is open to all students and organizations interested in attending and sharing their ideas about the future of Aztec Center.
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LIVE AND DANGEROUS
The Mars Volta bring sounds and sweat A N YA M O B E R LY TEMPO EDITOR
Soma San Diego usually hosts the youthful angst of our society, teens crammed together in the cement box of a venue. The all-ages musical haven was packed on Friday night — but there was a wider range of ages and styles found in attendance. Experimental psychedelic-rock group The Mars Volta performed for a nearly sold-out audience at the legendary San Diego venue. After its Sept. 2 show in Santa Barbara was cancelled, fans were clearly relieved that its San Diego stop took place. The stage was trippy and colorful, comparable to most of The Mars Volta album covers and its fantastically outrageous sounds and lyrics. The stage was decorated with a huge patterned banner in the background and behind the centered drum set stood a large Chinese gong. The rest of the many instruments were scattered on the rather small stage for such an explosive band. Once the six-member group entered the multi-lit stage, an eruption of screams and applause came from the eclectic audience, further intensifying the heated space. Masterminds of The Mars Volta, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (lead guitar) and Cedric Bixler-Zavala (vocals and lyrics), who have worked together musically since the arly ‘90s in the band At The Drive-In, were first noticeable because of their trademark fro-ish hair. The set began with the tantalizing question of “Can you dig it?” by Bixler-Zavala before the group drove into its opener, “Son et Lumiere,” off its 2003 album “De-Loused in the Comatorium.” Blue and purple lights accented the oratory splendor that exuded out of Bixler-Zavala during the second song “Inertiatic ESP,” which had him hit absurdly high notes for an absurdly long time. From Bixler-Zavala’s undulating body twirling the microphone stand to Rodriguez-Lopez’s utter love affair with his whammy bar, the show had
intensified in spirit and sound during its 10-minute songs. During the popular performance of “Viscera Eyes,” keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens hit keys while simultaneously twisting his body in emotional rapture. The temperature of the box-like venue and the power behind the progressive music were on par with each other, making the heat at this show enormously palpable. At one point, Bixler-Zavala even mockingly mentioned how it was “really cold” on stage and asked if the audience felt it too. Sure, they felt something, but chilly definitely wasn’t it. The lengthy set included tracks off several of The Mars Volta’s albums, all of which paired perfectly with the bevy of colored lights illuminating the group. And, of course, there were tracks performed off its latest album. It has been more than two months since the release of The Mars Volta’s fifth full-length studio album, “Octahedron,” which has been noted as the group’s acoustic record to some extent. To capture the purist essence of Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez’s musical objective, saxophonist Adrian TerrazasGonzalez and sound manipulator Paul Hinojos were asked to leave the group. All but three tracks on this recent record were performed live at Soma on Friday, including “Cotopaxi,” “Teflon,” “Halo of Nembutals,” “Desperate Graves” and “Luciforms.” Despite fewer members, the sound maintained and the auditory soul ascended. Overall, the show was successful on many levels. The music was inspiring and entertaining, and most fans probably left a few pounds lighter thanks to loss of water weight in the boiling venue. Check out www.thedailyaztec.com to listen to The Mars Volta’s hit track “The Widow,” courtesy of iTunes. For more information on The Mars Volta, visit www.themarsvolta.com. Also, for more information on upcoming shows at Soma, visit www.somasandiego.com.
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The second half of The Mars Volta potent pair, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, crooned his spiritually driven lyrics on Friday night. Aside from providing the anomalous vocals for the rock group, Bixler-Zavala is also the main songwriter for the Texas-based band.
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TRAVEL & ADVENTURE
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Free falling in San Diego PAT R I C I A B . DW Y E R S TA F F W R I T E R
He edged toward the plane door with a parachute strapped to his back and knew it was too late to opt out. He smiled at his nervous girlfriend on their one-year anniversary before hooking his legs around the bottom of the plane and tipping forward into the atmosphere. Art history junior Chris Padilla described the free-fall experience as “maximum ecstasy” and “reaching nirvana.” With wind howling past at 120 mph, a skydiver’s own heartbeat can’t even be heard as they take in the most intense view of San Diego anyone will ever see. Skydiving is becoming an increasingly popular pastime and form of celebration. Birthdays, weddings, holidays or instances of spontaneity have all led people to jump out of planes. San Diego, being the blossoming city of tourism that it is, is not suffering a shortage of skydiving schools. But there are certain things to consider before picking the right one. Skydiving schools are like sushi bars and tattoo parlors: Cheaper doesn’t mean better. If one is going
to sign their life away on a liability contract, they need to make sure the school is a well-established business. Opt for better safety rather than bigger discounts. The average tandem skydive, when skydivers have an instructor strapped to their back, should cost around $200. A bit more than that is standard, but anything cheaper is questionable. Tandem skydives allow one to experience the rush without having to learn all of the specific procedures. And if the skydiver is a first-time jumper, they should probably take the tandem route. If one feels they are a budding skydiving enthusiast and may want to turn the hobby into a lifestyle, the Accelerated Free Fall method may be the best option. During an AFF, two instructors will be holding the skydiver’s arms during the jump, but allows the skydiver to guide their own parachute landing with radio assistance. One of the perks of this method is it allows for a longer free fall than a tandem jump does. AFF does require a four-to-six hour on-ground training session and is the first step toward being able to skydive solo. The cost
should be around $350 for a comprehensive training session. Not all people are free to embark in the free-falling experience. Individuals who want to skydive must be at least 18 years old. For a tandem dive, the maximum weight is 230 pounds and for AFF they need to be less than 220 pounds. Most schools vary in elevation, but a majority of them are between 12,000 to 15,000 feet. But what’s a spare 3,000 feet when it flies past you in a matter of seconds? The basic free fall will last up to a minute with around 10 minutes of parachuting. It is advised to wear comfortable shoes for the landing and a sweater because it can get chilly during the free fall. Almost every school offers the option to have the skydiver’s jump videotaped for an extra $50, but beware: Falling does not do flattering things to a skydiver’s face. To find out more information about skydiving in San Diego check www.skydiveelsinore.com, out: www.sandiegoskydiving.com or www.skydiveperris.com. Group discounts are offered by each of the Web sites, making it easier to pressure friends into taking the plunge too.
I’M A GIRL, YOU KNOW
Weekend winery getaways in California
ith summer having come to a close and the onslaught of school already hanging heavily upon us, it seems as though the prospect of vacation time is nowhere on the horizon. But fortunately for us — with the endless sunny weather of California — weekend vacations have a way of giving us a friendly pat on the shoulder to remind us that summer is never really over. And of course, what better way to bask in the impending autumn weather than to experience one of California’s most esteemed attributes? Each year, the commencement of September also brings about the celebration of California Wine Month. From local boutique wineries within the county limit to well-known vintners scattered up the coast, there is something to indulge in everywhere. After all, ‘tis the season.
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Opt for a stay-cay If you don’t feel like shelling out the gas money, no need to fret; there is plenty in store right in your backyard. While we might not be living in California’s designated “Wine Country,” San Diego is undoubtedly home to an exquisite array of hidden gems. From syrahs and cabernet to pinots and blancs, Temecula Valley is chock-full of award-winning wineries to tantalize your taste buds. If you want to do San Diego wineries the right way, San Diego’s Cali Party Bus is the way to go. As a member of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association, all Cali Party Bus tours are guaranteed entry into every winery. Whether it is a birthday celebration or simply a day among friends, each tour is
customizable so that guests can choose their preference of onboard music, movies and different wineries to explore. Feeling the need to overindulge? Corporate Helicopters, available in San Diego, offer a scenic winery lunch tour where guests will fly along the coastline up to Solana Beach before heading inland to Temecula Valley. Guests will arrive at a reserved helipad at Thorton Winery for a tour and no-host lunch before boarding the helicopter to jet home.
One-day road trip If you’ve ever driven up Highway 101, you’re sure to have passed dozens of signs tempting you to slip off the road and sample savory sips of chardonnay. Santa Barbara County’s Gainey Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley will celebrate its most popular event on Sept. 26: the “Crush Party.” Guests can partake in a day of
September is the celebrated California Wine Month in Napa, where San Diegans can take advantage of wine country attractions. If money is tight, there are also wineries in the San Diego area, such as Temecula Valley, that can satisfy cravings for wine tasting.
grape picking, special tastings, cooking demonstrations and the infamous barefoot grape stomp. Travel further up the coast and you will find the fabulous foray of wineries that San Luis Obispo County has to offer. In honor of California Wine Month, Sextant Wines will offer all California residents a complimentary tasting and 50 percent of their entire main deck menu. Venture inland to Sonoma County and you will find yourself surrounded by an array of options to choose from. Wineries such as Clos de Bois, Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Kendall Jackson offer wine tours open to the public. Bottoms up.
Full weekend splurge When most people think about wine, the first thing they think of is the town of Napa. While most of the wine is produced outside the city limits, Napa has been known
as one of the nation’s premier winegrowing regions since the mid-1800s. To see a different side of wine making, Napa-based vineyards such as Beringer Winery and Stags’ Leap Winery host tours which include a stroll through their wine caves. But with so many places to choose from in Napa, where do you start? Fortunately, Wine Country Concierge provides visitors with just the answer to their plight. It creates customized itineraries, introducing you to the hidden gems that you wouldn’t be able to find otherwise. From private wine tastings at luxurious wineries to food and wine pairings at some of Napa’s first-class restaurants, how could you go wrong? —Ryan Eisenacher is a journalism senior. —This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec.
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Walker once again buries game-winner F E L I N A T A M BA KO S S TA F F W R I T E R
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Junior midfielder Cat Walker scored with 42 seconds remaining in Sunday’s game against Dartmouth.
After an entire game without a single goal from either side, the fate of two teams was decided with 42 seconds remaining. With 89:18 on the clock, San Diego State women’s soccer junior midfielder Cat Walker shot the ball from 20 yards out, banked it off the crossbar, bounced it off of the opposing goalie and landed it in the net. After traveling to the other side of the country, struggling through a tie on Friday afternoon against Harvard and a long AZTECS 1 back-and-forth game on BIG GREEN 0 foreign turf, SDSU finally pulled off the 1-0 win against Dartmouth on Sunday afternoon in Hanover, N.H., thanks to Walker’s game-winning shot. “Exciting is an understatement,” head coach Mike Friesen said of Sunday’s victory. “The stats don’t really tell the story of the game. There weren’t a lot of chances, most of the game was in the middle of the field, but we managed to take the win.” Both teams played stellar defense, allowing a combined seven shots on goal. The Aztecs only had six shot attempts in the game, two of which were from Walker. Luckily for SDSU, her last attempt was a well-timed triumph, giving Walker her sec-
ond game-winning goal of the 2009 season. “We were pretty excited,” Friesen said. “The hard part is there’s still a minute to go, and you have to focus to finish that minute and make sure nothing happens.” The shutout was the third of the year for junior goalie Aubree Southwick. She made four saves against Dartmouth, taking her total to 22 saves this season. The East Coast definitely was not kind to the Aztecs. The turf was different, and having a game in the morning with a three-hour time change certainly was a challenge. “We talked about it as a team before we left,” Friesen said. “We knew that things were going to be really different this weekend. Things are always more chaotic on the road. (Sunday) morning we got up and had breakfast at 7:30 a.m. here, that’s 4:30 a.m. home time.” Friesen also mentioned the style of play and the referees’ priorities were a change from the SDSU Sports Deck. “One of the things we struggled with was that both teams we played this weekend were really physical,” Friesen said. “We’re receiving a ball and their players were pushing and shoving. We saw a lot of players getting knocked down. The physical stuff isn’t really called; we had to get used to that. “Not that it’s right or wrong, but there is an East Coast / West Coast-type difference of play. It’s just a different style.” The win at Dartmouth on Sunday gives SDSU a record of 3-2-1.
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Aztecs lose to rival, stay winless this year SDSU’s offense struggles again, falls to crosstown rival Toreros at home D AN P E R E Z S TA F F W R I T E R
A year ago, the San Diego State men’s soccer team netted eight goals in its first two games. Through its first two games of the 2009 season, SDSU (0-2-0) has only been able to tally a single goal — a simple explanation of why the Aztecs have slipped to a winless record. On Sunday, SDSU lost its second game of the season to the USD 1 University of San Diego, 1-0, in a game SDSU 0 where the Aztecs failed to capitalize on any of their chances. “Our possession and finishing were both off,” redshirt senior tri-captain midfielder Jamel Wallace said. “We had a few opportune chances; we just failed to pull anything off. We couldn’t control anything and we weren’t crisp.” SDSU found itself down just fifteen minutes into the game when Torero forward Patrick Wallen finished a broken play and beat redshirt junior goalkeeper Brad Byrns for the only goal of the match. “It was an unlucky goal to give up,” Wallace said. “We didn’t give up after that, it was just hard to battle back when they out-battled us in the first half.” The goal seemed to suck the energy out of the Aztecs in the first half. They lost battles, failed to connect on passes and struggled to draw up scoring chances. “They out-fought us and out-battled us in that first half,” senior tri-captain defender Nick Cardenas said. “Our ener-
gy seemed lacking in the first half and it was hard to try and come back when we couldn’t win anything.” In the second half SDSU battled back, gained more possessions and set up solid scoring chances. But despite all the extra energy and effort, the Aztecs still couldn’t get a goal back. “We have been able to draw up chances and put ourselves in position to score; we just can’t get the ball in the back of the net,” Wallace said. “To improve we need more movement off the ball but to really just do what we do and score.” SDSU will try to forget the loss to its crosstown rival and will focus on the games ahead of it one at a time in order to right the ship.
“Our possession and finishing were both off. We had a few opportune chances; we just failed to pull anything off. We couldn’t control anything ... ” —Jamel Wallace, senior midfielder “Losing this game has not given me the best feeling,” Cardenas said. “But moving forward we need to forget the losses, we need to stop expecting to win; we need to think different. We basically need to compete on every play, win the battles and then finish in the back of the net.”
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Please, not another move
can’t name one person who likes moving. Sure, everyone likes getting a new place, but they hate moving. Everyone does, it’s a known fact, especially if you’re a student. The whole process is agonizing. And Mother Nature doesn’t help you out either. It always turns out to be a record-setting heat wave on the day you have to move. It’s a requirement to sweat while moving, leaving you uncomfortable and irritable. This ultimately results in you getting pissed off at the drop of a hat at everything and everyone. Some people are able to keep their cool under these conditions, but not me. Even the thought of moving next year is starting to piss me off. For two years I stayed with the worst roommate I’ve ever had because I didn’t want to go through the process of moving all my crap — true story. And even though it was the worst living experience of my life, I would do it again if it kept me from going through the torturous nuances associated with moving, such as trying to find a friend with a truck big enough to lug my miscellaneous stuff to my new pad. But, if your friends are a bunch of Civic-driving douche bags, you might have to take the
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freshman approach to moving: parental help. Moving with your parents’ assistance rarely goes smoothly or without a fight. As an outsider though, it is hilarious to witness these family disputes. I can hear it now, “Mom! Why did you put that box there?” or, “You’re never going to be able to lift that thing, George, it’s too heavy! You’ll get another hernia!” Ah, other people’s problems — priceless. No matter your moving method, you always seem to encounter unforeseen obstacles while moving in. A common occurrence is never being able to find that crucial, close parking spot right in front of your place. You always end up settling for that tiny space, two blocks away that takes 15 minutes to parallel park into. The tension builds as you realize the elevator is broken, forcing you to take the narrow staircase up to your floor, making it damn near impossible for you to move anything. And, once you’ve gotten everything inside — you now have the fun task of unpacking. How exciting! Then, after waiting on hold for hours with Cox Communications
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trying to get your cable and Internet to work, you sit back and realize you’re finally done. No more moving, thank God, it’s over. You can finally take a muchdeserved rest on the couch and treat yourself to a few brews. With the plan to swoop up a 12pack, you put on your shoes, grab your cell and lock the door behind you. After taking a half step you nervously pat down your back pocket and notice you left your wallet and ID. No big deal, you laugh to yourself as you reach in your front pocket for your keys. They’re not there. But you can’t yell out in anger because you simply don’t have the energy. You’re locked out. Defeated, both emotionally and physically, you gently pound your forehead against the door and wonder why you can’t catch a break. As you begin the long walk to the liquor store, you hope they don’t card you, but seeing how it’s “moving day,” ad day when nothing goes right. In that case, they probably will.
BY LINDA C. BLACK, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (09/09/09) Set down roots this year.You can get past the concerns that have kept you off balance. Modify your idea of perfection just a little bit.You can live with it. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 5 There's a hassle getting the money to do what you want to do. Rather than tap your savings, offer to do more work. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 9 - You're determined to achieve your goals, and you're not in this alone.Your family believes you can do this easily. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 5 Something you already have fits perfectly into your home, preventing you from having to buy an entirely new item. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is an 8 - Your group is anxious to get involved. Make sure they know what they're doing before you turn them loose. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 5 Keep holding onto your dream.You're another step closer to making it come true. Stay committed. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8 Go ahead and start a new project.The
odds of success are in your favor, even if a small miracle is required. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 5 - If you're stuck at home tonight, don't pitch a fit.You can't go out partying every night. Get some rest. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 7 - Ask friends for a referral.They'll lead you to the perfect person for the job you have in mind. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 6 - If things get messed up today, it won't be all your fault. Just keep doing what you've been doing. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is an 8 - Proceed with what you had planned.The time is right to follow through on decisions you've already made. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 5 - You're not stuck in the mud; you haven't given up. Continue what you've been doing and you'll eventually succeed. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is an 8 - Somebody has a very urgent message for you. Stick to your studies:You'll absorb the material easily. © 2009,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
—Kevin Scannell is an English senior.
—This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec.
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Instructions: Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit www.sudoku.org.uk.
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Sweet Breeze Assistant Photo Editor Lindsey Martin captured this shot at cuyamaca park when the mid-day breeze blew through the hills.
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Solution available online at www.TheDailyAztec.com 13 Genuflection joint 18 West Virginia border river DOWN 19 Lamb’s pen name 24 __ Penh, 1 Diplomacy Cambodia 2 “Famous” cookie 25 “If I Could Turn guy Back Time” singer 3 South American 26 Pet welfare org. capital 27 Presses 4 Like a studio 28 Place for a crown apartment or cap 5 Doze off 29 Old MacDonald 6 Marshals, usually refrain 7 12 for Mg or 20 30 Biol. or geol. for Ca, e.g. 31 Artoo’s “sur8 Mental faculties name” 9 Extreme degree 10 Peninsula border- 32 Be frugal ing Massachusetts 36 Erotic 39 Filled with wonder Bay 40 Like some home 11 Diva’s piece improvement 12 Bloomingdale’s projects, briefly rival 70 Lessons learned early 71 Eat away at
41 E.g., e.g. 44 Near the outset 47 __ cuff: pitching injury site 49 Fight stopper 50 Underdog victories 51 Campus mil. group 54 Where billions live 55 “White” peaks in N.H. 56 Butter units 57 Jack of “Dragnet” 58 Corporate VIP 60 Pet targeted by the first words of this puzzle’s four longest answers 61 Large cross 62 “Dinner is __” 64 Flight oversight org. 65 Exploit
Published on Sep 9, 2009