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California State University Trustees have given students yet another reason to keep an eye on their personal finances. The CSU Trustees voted to increase student fees on June 18. Undergraduate and graduate professional fees will be increased by 5 percent. Additionally, doctoral education student fees will be increased by 10 percent. Students in the CSU system will begin paying these fees in the fall. Fee increases such as these are not unheard of in the CSU system. Last year the CSU system increased fees by 32 percent. According to CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, t he
CSU Trustees increased the fees to make up for the lack of state funding. The CSU system has had its state funding reduced by nearly $625 million throughout the past two years. If the plan to implement additional fees fails to offset the lack of state funding, more fees could potentially be added. “The board’s decision to limit the student fee increase to 5 percent is based on the Assembly budget proposal that provides additional state revenues. It will allow us to move forward with adding classes and sections for students this fall,” Reed said in a statement on the CSU website. “The board also left open the option of revisiting fee levels in
November if the state does not fully fund the proposed budget,” according to the CSU website. In addition to raising fees, trustees also voted to lift the cap off the non-residential student fee. The cap was previously $11,160 annually but now non-residential students can potentially pay more if they are taking enough units. These decisions are causing students such as Journalism Sophomore Summer Rainbolt to leave San Diego State in search of more affordable schools. Rainbolt attended SDSU as a non-residential student. In an attempt to pay less in fees she tried to attain residency but was denied. “I had a great time at San Diego State … I want-
ed to stay there because I loved it, but now because of the tuition cost, I have to go home,” Rainbolt said. “There’s no way I can afford it.” Stories of students leaving SDSU because of the cost of tuition are not uncommon. Hospitality sophomore Dennis Hyman said he has friends who have had to drop out because of financial reasons. He also said he has developed a cynical point of view about this fee increase. “I read the e-mail and rolled my eyes … I was like, ‘Why are they raising fees again?’ I think that (President Stephen L.) Weber and the people in his staff are trying to make a little bit of extra money … I don’t believe that it is solely based on California saying there is not enough money,” Hyman said. Hyman is involved in several enrichment clubs on campus and said that the effects of the fee increases are especially evident in this area. “You’ve got to pay for school and you’ve got to pay for these enrichment clubs. Now with these higher fees it will be harder to get the most out of these clubs,” Hyman said.
MCCHRYSTAL GONE The four-star general’s replacement by Gen. David Petraeus may save the Afghanistan war. page 6
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Ten SDSU students earned a Fulbright Scholarship this year SA RA H GR I E C O MANAGING EDITOR
San Diego State broke an academic record this year with the announcement that 10 of its students received the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. The 2010-2011 scholars range from undergraduates to master’s degree students and recent alumni, including one of The Daily Aztec’s former editors, Amy Ebersole, who will travel to the Czech Republic. The 10 students will travel to numerous countries including Macau, Spain and Turkey. The Fulbright Scholarship has existed since 1946 and is awarded by the U.S. Department of State, with a total of 1,500 awards given. There are 600 teaching assistant
grants along with 900 study research scholarships. Research students will conduct an independent research project with an affiliated university, and teaching assistants will be placed in schools within their respective countries to instruct children in conversational English. Dr. Patricia Huckle, the SDSU Fulbright adviser, guides students and faculty through the application process. This year, 34 people applied and 10 received the award. “The Fulbright will change your life and it is a wonderful experience,” Huckle said. “Every student I know has loved it and it is excellent for one’s résumé.” Huckle said students who are awarded the Fulbright Scholarship must be imaginative, capable and should feel comfortable in a foreign country, where they will spend up to a year residing. “The Fulbright Scholarship is a great way for students to see the world and encourage cross-cultural
relations,” Huckle said. So far, more than 150 SDSU students have shown interest in applying for the scholarship. Huckle said she wants professors to continue encouraging students to apply. Cassandra Conboy, who has been awarded a teaching assistantship grant to Turkey, graduated with a degree in Liberal Studies from SDSU last year. Conboy was initially told she did not receive the grant, but Turkey later decided to offer more teaching assistant positions and her application was accepted. Conboy said in an e-mail she will be teaching English 20 hours per week and will attempt to learn the Turkish language during her time spent there. “In addition, my side project includes making a walking tour / map of the neighborhood in Isparta, Turkey that I will be living in,” Conboy said. After studying in Turkey, Conboy plans to apply to the Department of Defense Education Activity program to teach abroad at U.S. military
bases and will also consider graduate school in Europe. Another SDSU Fulbright recipient is Jeffrey Peterson, a current master’s anthropology student. He will be studying in Indonesia and will be observing the migration pattern of monkey populations. “Overall, I hope to better understand the many factors that facilitate and influence interactions between human and nonhuman primates through this case study of the Balinese transmigration to Sulawesi,” Peterson said. After completing the Fulbright Scholarship, Peterson will return to SDSU to complete his master’s degree. After that, he hopes to enroll in a Ph.D program and might pursue a career in anthropology to study the complex relationships between humans and nonhuman primate relatives. Students may attend Fulbright Scholarship information sessions in the Arts and Letters building on July 22 and 28, and Aug. 17 and 23 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010
SDSU cancels accelerated nursing program
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Slashes to the San Diego State budget caused the cancellation of an accelerated nursing program on June 18. “The proposed SDSU accelerated program in nursing did not receive all required regulatory approvals,” according to the SDSU School of Nursing website. The California State University chancellor did not consent to the program despite 67 students being admitted, many of whom had made plans to attend and must now find another school. Students have voiced their concerns about the program’s elimination, worrying that it will affect the nursing school’s reputation. “This is hard; I definitely feel like this
was unorganized on SDSU’s part and definitely not fair,” Nursing Senior Danielle Handy said. “To hear that that many people were accepted and now they are unable to attend must be so discouraging and it does not represent the nursing program well.” Handy said she believes this will put a damper on the program’s reputation, and people who want to come to SDSU will be dissuaded to attend. Handy also thinks it makes the nursing program look unprofessional by accepting students before the program’s approval. The nursing school faculty has also been affected, as it spent the past year developing a quality program. Dr. Catherine Todero, director of the nursing program at SDSU, said she was very disappointed to learn of the chancellor’s decision to not approve this program.
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“It would have been a very good thing for the people of San Diego and the state to produce more baccalaureate-prepared nurses for the health care workforce,” Todero wrote in an e-mail. According to Todero, the intended learners were those who had already earned a bachelor’s degree and were looking to change careers or could not find jobs with their current credentials. During a time when California is undergoing a nursing deficiency, Todero said the long-range chronic shortage of nurses is not complete and there will be a time in the near future when there will be a high demand for nurses. “This is not on the immediate horizon, but one never says never. Providing more options for baccalaureate and higher education for nurses has been my goal since
arriving at SDSU,” Todero said when asked if the nursing department will attempt to reapply for an accelerated program. Unfortunately, those who wish to participate in an accelerated nursing program in the city of San Diego will not be able to, as the only other school that offers it, University of San Diego, has filled all of its spots, according to The CW’s website. The admitted students will be refunded the $55 application fee or will be offered spots in the traditional nursing program, which takes twice as long to complete as the accelerated program. However, the accelerated program would have been substantially more expensive than the cost of a traditional learning program, Joanne Ling, director of undergraduate student admissions, said. Those currently in the traditional learning program will not be affected by the cut.
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July 6 to 11. Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m.; Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6 p.m.
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HOUSE OF BLUES HOSTS THRICE WITH KEVIN DEVINE, BAD VEINS AND THE DIG July 16, doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. House of Blues San Diego, 1055 Fifth Ave. Ages 21 and older. Advance general admission, $20; day of general admission, $23. Alternative California band Thrice is headlining the night at the House of Blues downtown with Kevin Devine, Bad Veins and The Dig. Thrice is currently on tour to promote its latest album, “Beggars.” For more information visit www.houseofblues.com.
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Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista, 91911. $21.25. Slightly Stoopid is performing in Chula Vista, along with other bands, Cypress Hill and Collie Buddz. For more information visit www.livenation.com.
WHITE WATER RAFTING July 26 through 31, the Sierra Nevada. Cost: $920. Available seats: 3 Aztec Adventures is looking for three more adrenaline junkies for its white water rafting trip in the Sierra Nevada from July 26 to 31. The adventure seekers will raft the Kern River through the Sequoia National Forest toward Bakersfield. Rivers will consist of Class II, III and IV rapids. Participants need to register for the trip online and attend a group meeting on July 19. For more information, visit www.aztecadventures.sdsu.edu or call 619-594-7271.
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Around town SAN DIEGO PRIDE PARADE July 17, 11 a.m., University Avenue and Normal Street, 92103. Free. Join the San Diego Pride Parade on July 17 as participants travel from University Avenue and Normal Street to Sixth Avenue ending at Upas Street and Balboa Drive. The parade route is 1.5 miles and is planned to take two hours. According to www.sandiegopride.org, “The annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade is the fifth largest in the United States attracting 150,000 cheering spectators and significant media participation.” For more information visit www.sandiegopride.org.
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CRICKET WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE HOSTS KINGS OF LEON July 9, 7:30 p.m. Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. All ages. General admission, $36.50. Tennessee rock sensation Kings of Leon will be performing with Built to Spill and The Features in Chula Vista on Friday, as a part of its ongoing tour. Kings of Leon, comprised of three brothers and one cousin, is famous for hits such as “Sex on Fire,” “Use Somebody” and “Notion.” For more information visit www.livenation.com.
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PAMELA ANDERSON’S BIRTHDAY PARTY AT FLUXX
Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Balboa Park, Spreckels. Free admission The Spreckels Organ Pavilion, home to one of the largest outdoor organs in the world, has a tradition of free concerts every summer, and this year is no different. Performances are given every Monday with jazz and movie nights later this summer. Performers include Robert Plimpton, Carol Williams, Walt Strony and Ty Woodward.
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The FLUXX nightclub in downtown is hosting Pamela Anderson’s birthday party this Friday. The club is known for its sound system, CO2 fog jets and pricey cover charge and drinks. It also has a rating of three stars on Yelp. But, bear in mind this is Pamela Anderson’s birthday party.
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Check out one of the San Diego Natural History Museum’s current exhibits, Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries. Great for an afternoon visit in Balboa Park, the exhibit features the theories of modern paleontology, fossils, life-size models and a 20-minute 3-D movie.
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Balboa Park, San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, 92101. Adult, $16, student (with ID), $11.
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HOUSE OF BLUES HOSTS HYPHY CRUNK
House of Blues San Diego, 1055 Fifth Ave. All ages. $12.50. Los Angeles native and self-described hyphy / crunk / electro artist Hyphy Crunk is performing at the House of Blues downtown on Friday at 8 p.m.
San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. $18 to $76. In a setting that may remind some of “Sesame Street” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Avenue Q” is an adult show about Princeton, a college student who had recently arrived in New York City. A Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, www.sandiego.org states, “The New York Times hailed ‘Avenue Q’ as ‘a breakthrough musical of a very different stripe. Savvy, sassy and delicious!’ and Entertainment Weekly claimed it was ‘one of the funniest shows you’re ever likely to see!’” According to www.broadwaysd.com, the show is “not appropriate for children due to language and adult content such as full puppet nudity and sexual situations.”
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New autobiography buzzing with humor ‘The Daily Show’ regular Samantha Bee tells the story of her life SA RA H GR I E C O MANAGING EDITOR
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Female comedians have been making a comeback as of late. First Kathy Griffin published her tell-all last November, then Sarah Silverman published her hilarious autobiography in April and now Samantha Bee, of “The Daily Show” fame, has released her autobiography titled “I Know I Am, But What Are You?” Bee, famous for her puns on Jon Stewart’s hit show on Comedy Central, proves in this book that she is more than her character, Most Senior Correspondent. This Canadian citizen proves to be an excellent writer, as Bee uses no ghost author in this book. The first chapter, titled “Camp Summer Fun,” definitely keeps the reader wanting more. It includes a tale of childhood camping with her family that induces sidesplitting laughter page after page. While this book is not without it’s dark moments, such as a recount of when Bee tried to commit suicide as a teenager, it is mainly a lighthearted read and is sure to be enjoyed by those who appreciate humor in otherwise ordinary situations. One particular highlight of Bee’s book is her description of her family. Bee’s portrayal
of her stepmother is worth the read alone. As an only child of divorced parents, she was raised by a collection of adults who each attempted to teach her the facts of life. They would bestow upon her advice that would contradict the others, and as a child Bee doesn’t know whom to follow so she ultimately ignores everyone. In another description of a loved one, Bee writes about her husband Jason Jones, fellow correspondent on “The Daily Show.” Television viewers often see Jones in ridiculous situations, such as riding on a scooter through the streets of Iran, but Bee shows the reader his personality outside of work, which turns out to be surprisingly sweet. The one tale many readers will notice is missing is how Bee landed her fabulous gig on “The Daily Show.” Nowhere in the 256page book does Bee inform the reader how or when she began working under Jon Stewart’s wing on arguably one of the funniest late night shows on television. Despite that, Bee captures the reader with her sass and comical commentary. Pick this book up for a much-needed break from the typical self-deprecating humor often used by comediennes, and be prepared to chuckle uncontrollably for hours.
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‘SNL’ writer Simon Rich debuts first novel ‘Elliot Allagash’ is a charming tale with plenty of humor A L L I E D AU G H E R T Y MANAGING EDITOR
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To “Saturday Night Live” writer Simon Rich, high school and the game Monopoly have a lot in common. To Elliot Allagash, the main character in Rich’s debut novel of the same name, those precious years before college are very much a game — a game that is more easily won with money. Of course, this is no problem to Elliot: He comes from the richest family in the history of mankind. One day, Elliot and his dad go to New York on a whim in the middle of his eighth grade year. When only one private school will accept him because of his horrible record, Elliot ends up in a school ruled by the hierarchy of cool kids. At the very bottom of the chain is the awkward and gauche narrator Seymour Herson. When Elliot takes an interest in this lonely loser, Seymour soon gets wrapped up in a plan to become popular that is so complex, he has no idea how to stop Elliot and his madness. Keeping with his Monopoly theme, Rich’s book is divided not into chapters, but instead into three parts: Free Parking, Go To Jail and Chance. Throughout these sections, Rich packs in ample moments of hilarity and absurdity, all to the
reader’s great pleasure. Meanwhile, the character development is affluent and very realistic; Seymour and company grow up and learn lessons in a reasonable manner that is both relatable and believable.
Throughout these sections, Rich packs in ample moments of hilarity and absurdity, all to the reader’s great pleasure. It is no surprise Rich’s novel is amusing — he has been writing for “SNL” since graduating from Harvard and has worked on episodes starring Ashton Kutcher, Alec Baldwin and Betty White. Still, “Elliot Allagash” has an easy reading level, and may best be enjoyed by those in their mid-teens. Nonetheless, anyone seeking a lighthearted, joyous read can find satisfaction in the devious plots of a rich boy and his test subject.
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McChrystal gaffe may save Afghanistan war
resident Barack Obama deserves praise from all Americans, both left and right, for his recent handling of the leadership shake-up in the war in Afghanistan. He’s certainly getting it from me this week. Love or hate him, Obama is a man with a strong backbone, never afraid to go against the mainstream if he feels he is right — much like former President George W. Bush. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was in charge of operations in Afghanistan, showed complete lack of judgment when he enabled Rolling Stone magazine reporter Michael Hastings to write and publish an article that contained borderline treason. Theoretically, the article was about American policy regarding the war in Afghanistan; the compelling feature, however, was full of contemptuous comments by McChrystal and
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his staff toward a host of non-military policy makers, including the vice president, the national security adviser, representatives from Afghanistan and the president himself. In the wake of the general’s public defiance, Obama has made all the right moves, taking a situation that could have resulted in a national crisis in confidence in our nation’s military leadership and turning it into a solution for the war itself. Obama replaced McChrystal and requested the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. David Petraeus, to step down the chain of command and assume leadership of ground operations in Afghanistan. Petraeus’ historic and selfless demotion reveals how strong a hand Obama
can and will play in Afghanistan. First, by appointing Petraeus, the man Bush selected to lead the surge in Iraq, Obama has laid the groundwork for preventing the U.S. from withdrawing from Afghanistan before victory is achieved. Second, Petraeus would not have stepped down to take direct control of Afghanistan, risking his legacy and career, if he did not feel that the mission could be accomplished and that the president was committed to victory. I can’t imagine a man of Petraeus’ stature agreeing to babysit a predetermined American military defeat. Reports indicate that Petraeus will ease off McChyrstal’s strict rules of engagement, which many in the military believed to be ineffective and needlessly driving up American casualties. This would be a wise move by Petraeus, a man who knows quite well both how to win a military victory and how to win the hearts and minds of people stuck in the middle of a counter-insurgency operation. What is left for Americans to ask is, “Will Obama follow through on his recent public assurance on victory in Afghanistan?” The answer is yes; but first Obama must make the necessary changes on the civilian side of the war, to completely clean house and allow Petraeus to work with a viable team. This needs to begin with Obama removing Afghanistan-Pakistan special envoy Richard Holbrooke and ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry from their positions. Their dysfunctional relationship with both the U.S. military and the Afghan government has become toxic. Obama has hinted that he is unhappy with the ankle-biting and turf wars that have been going on in his administration in regards to Afghanistan, so changes on the civilian side are likely coming in the near future. A smart replacement of Holbrooke and Eikenberry would be former American ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, who worked well with Petraeus and won the war in Iraq by effectively getting elements of the Iraqi resistance to leave al-Qaida and join our side. Crocker came into position the same time as Petraeus in Iraq and both have a very accomplished working relationship. Obama has brought on some more encouraging rhetoric as well. On June 23, when announcing Petraeus was replacing McChrystal, Obama referred to Afghanistan as “a vital mission” and that we must do
“whatever is necessary to succeed in Afghanistan, and in our broader effort to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaida.” Obama called on Americans “to remember what this is about. Our nation is at war. We face a very tough fight in Afghanistan. But Americans don’t flinch in the face of difficult truths or difficult tasks. We persist and we persevere.” His commitment to doing it right is evident in his deliberate exclusion of his original “suggested” troop withdrawal date of July 2011. Later, at a press conference with Russian President Dmitri A. Medvedev, Obama reiterated that the U.S. will not be completely withdrawn from Afghanistan next July, but will begin to implement Afghan responsibility on that date. Next July will not be a withdrawal date, but a transition phase, similar to the one in Iraq, where both governments forces will work together on a daily basis to execute necessary counter-terrorist operations. Thus, Obama is following the same formula that we saw Bush implement in Iraq with a huge degree of success after the surge. Adding to this, U.S. and Afghan forces have launched a major offensive in Afghanistan’s more rural eastern regions, where Obama had previously called for allied forces to withdraw. That call for withdrawl cost our efforts dearly by making Afghans question our commitment to toppling the Taliban. Now the citizens of Marjah and Kandahar will re-evaluate who they should side with as the war enters a make-or-break phase this summer. The 700 U.S. and Afghan forces that went on the offensive have killed around 150 militant insurgents, according to the most recent reports. The villages have been stabilized and a new Afghan government is being established. With Obama moving away from any sort of timetable for surrender, making next July the beginning of a transitional phase, and placing Petraeus in charge, the president has defeated the anti-war elements within his administration. As a result, the war in Afghanistan can now be won.
—Patrick Walsh is a political science senior. —This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec. Send e-mail to email@example.com. Anonymous letters will not be printed. Include your full name, major and year in school.
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New local landfill project a misguided mistake
he U.S. has taken the environment out back for a relentless beating as of late. The largest oil spill the nation has ever seen has been splashed all over the news, uncontrollably gushing oil at a rate of thousands of barrels per day into the Gulf of Mexico, as it has for more than two months now. Yet we continue to burn fossil fuels at an alarming rate, releasing untold amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The City of San Diego and San Diego County have done their fair share of damage as well. Our San Diego Bay remains polluted because there is no money to clean it. We also dispose unnecessary amounts of trash, and now the county believes its own flawed plan to build a new landfill in Gregory Canyon in North County will provide a solution to this problem, as if it weren’t only going to make the environmental hazard worse. For nearly 20 years, San Diego County has been attempting to construct a landfill in addition to the already existing 1,500acre landfill in Miramar. With the Miramar Landfill originally scheduled to close in 1995, plans began years ago to construct another landfill in Gregory Canyon in North County, which have never gained support from residents in the area because of massive flaws. “The landfill would be situated south of state Route 76, roughly three miles east of
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Interstate 15 in a canyon adjacent to the Pala Indian Reservation,” a report from The San Diego Union Tribune said. If you look on a map, the problem is immediately clear — the landfill would be located near the San Luis Rey River. Rivers serve as a source of drinking water, and the San Luis Rey River is a big supplier of water to North County residents and farmers. With Southern California as desperate as it is for water, constructing a landfill this close to a river and likely rendering the river water undrinkable is clearly shooting our own foot. No matter how well the county says it can build the landfill, pollutants and waste are highly likely to find their ways into the river and surrounding groundwater. Proponents of the new landfill say they need a landfill of their own to send their trash to and that the Miramar Landfill will not last much longer. “Right now, North County trash is going everywhere but North County,” Gregory Canyon Ltd. spokeswoman Nancy Chase said. “It’s going to Orange County, to Arizona, to Otay Mesa. We are running out of capacity. You have to plan more than 20 years ahead.”
Not only is the plan flawed, it is also politically corrupt. This should come as no surprise after a 20-year struggle. Whenever there is a large project proposal in the state, an Environmental Impact Report is required. This report provides an estimate for how the project will affect the environment — both positively and negatively — from a variety of perspectives. Multiple Environmental Impact Reports had to be done for this project because flaws were found. But in May 2007, the Environmental Impact Report was accepted by Gary Erbeck, the director of the San Diego Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency. This means an employee of the county essentially certified a county project, which reeks of a conflict of interest and should be a red flag clearly showing this project is illegitimate. San Diego cannot settle for a flawed solution when environmentally sustainable alternatives to this plan already exist. The City of San Diego planned and passed strict recycling reform mandating all businesses and residents to recycle more in an effort to extend the life of the Miramar Landfill. “The City Recycling Ordinance began January 1, 2008 and was phased in over two years,” City of San Diego Environmental Services Public Information Officer Jose Ysea said in a press release. “It required citywide recycling of at least all
glass and plastic, bottles and jars, cans, paper and cardboard.” Thanks to this recycling ordinance and other earlier citywide recycling efforts, the life of the Miramar Landfill has been extended to 2019 — perhaps even longer than that. It would be in the best interest of North County to reduce the amount of trash residents and businesses create, to eliminate the need for this landfill by creating similar recycling mandates. The list of problems with this project can continue for days. The bottom line is that this project needs to be put in the shredder. It’s environmentally flawed, politically corrupt and all other options have not yet been exhausted. If you have a reason to believe I’m just another crazy environmental protectionist, just remember: BP and the government said deep-water offshore drilling was safe. Another catastrophic spill at the landfill could cost taxpayers billions of dollars we don’t have.
—T.J. Bronson is a journalism and economics senior. —This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec. Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymous letters will not be printed. Include your full name, major and year in school.
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A NASCAR holiday season
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
im Bob didn’t just want that 55-inch flatscreen with surround sound – he needed it. NASCAR wasn’t the same without it. The roar of the circuit needed to be felt, and this television was like being in the pit. Jim Bob did his best to be polite at dinner. He ate the turkey and mashed potatoes, the stuffing and cranberry sauce; he passed the candied yams and bourbon gravy, and cracked a few ribs when he crammed in half a pecan pie. The food was good, but his eyes were on the prize. Throughout dinner, his heel was tapping against the leg of his metal folding chair, although nobody could hear it over Leanne’s sister, Nanette, who couldn’t stop prattling on about how handsome that Mike Huckabee was. Jim Bob’s cordiality extended all the way to the dessert buffet being cleared, and then Leanne let go of the leash, but only on the condition he buy her a few things as well. Still in his Sunday best, plaid and denim, he grabbed the sixpack of High Life he’d been keeping on ice, hopped in his F150, and drove to the Walmart. He arrived at ten, and there was already a line, some shoppers in tents. Every person ahead was one more standing in the way of him and racetrack rapture, and he was determined to have one of those televisions mounted next to the deer head in the living room. He set the alarm on his cell phone for 3:50 a.m., unfolded his lawn chair, and sipped his suds into the wee hours. A loudspeaker roused Jim Bob from his turkey-pie-High Life coma at a quarter to four, saying the store would be opening in 15 minutes and everyone should enter the store in an orderly fashion. He folded his lawn chair and kicked the empties over the curb into the lot. Looking around, he checked out the competition.
shopper. Jim Bob glanced around to see what others would do, and since everyone continued shopping, he hoisted his toy and made a beeline for checkout, forgetting his wife’s wish list. But when he arrived, none of the aisles were attended. He saw a crowd of blue vests near the entrance. “What the hell are they doing over there? I got my TV and I’m ready to go.” As Jim Bob tried to figure out what was going on, flashing blue and red lights could be seen coming through the doors. “What happened, someone trip and get a boo-boo? “ Jim Bob hefted the television over to where the Walmart employees were and saw a worker lying on the ground. The man wasn’t moving. The paramedics were there and were performing CPR. “Get up, ya bum,” someone in the crowd shouted. Jim Bob realized the man had been trampled. “He’s dead,” someone barked. A collective ‘Ugh’ was let out by the crowd. Some shoppers were disgusted by the corpse, but most were angry – this was interrupting their shopping. A policeman yelled into a bullhorn. “Attention everyone, this is now a crime scene. There will be no more shopping. If you have any items, put them down and proceed to the front of the store for questioning.” “Ah, this is bulls--t.” “Just get ‘em outta here and let us shop.” “BOOOOOOOOO.” Jim Bob did not get his big screen. He still goes to Applebee’s to watch the races and tells the bartender how some a-hole ruined his NASCAR holiday season.
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“That iPhone is mine.” “I’m getting a camera.” “I’m all over those Vaios.” “I’m stocking up on so much Vitamin C. Swine Flu can kiss my ass.” “I swear to God I will stab someone with a rusty butter knife if they’re outta Wii by the time I get in there.” “I’ll bring the hurt on all y’all if y’all snatch all the grills ‘fore I get one.” “I’ma get me a new .45. And once I got it I’ma blast my way outta there.” “I’m gonna drop bows on anyone who goes near my flatscreen.” “Not f--king likely,” Jim Bob mused to himself. People had already begun to abandon the line. They formed en masse outside the doors and started pressing against the glass. At first everyone was just vying for position, like kindergartners at the water fountain without the teacher. Then they began shouting. “LET US IN! LET US IN!” With fists pounding, the doors finally slid open. The crowd poured in like Coke from a rattled can. The wailing and pushing created a mad frenzy. Jim Bob saw something fall but kept on pushing. There was so much energy. He shoved through the entryway and into the store. Tweaking with excitement, he jerked his head looking for Electronics. When he found his beacon, he sprinted to find the Sony. He reached the televisions and started scanning the boxes to find the right one. “Two left – Hot Dog!” As he lifted the box, an alarm went off. “Did I win a prize?” Someone came on the PA system and firmly ordered everyone to stop shopping and stay where they were. “F--k that!” was shouted back by more than one
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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (7/6/10) Dust off your numerous talents and put them to use now. Independent ideas applied to household projects produce brilliant results this year.Your personal desire for greater financial comfort pushes you to excel in fulfilling career responsibilities down to the last detail. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is an 8 - Everyone feels creative now. Practical themes flow like water.You have an exceptional ability to move an idea into reality. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 6 - There's a lot of talk and not much action today. Let people ramble. Good ideas arise in casual conversation. Demonstrate optimism. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 7 With careful work in seclusion, you create a new format that fulfills all the requirements. It also has a touch of glamour that adds to the buzz. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 6 Use the Internet or other sources to sift through possibilities. Only you can judge the value of what you find. Reveal plan details to associates. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 9 - Go in your room and close the door.You already have enough ideas to keep you busy all day. Later, show off what you've accomplished. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 6 Each group member supplies an interest-
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ing perspective. Use email or the Internet to tie everything together for a practical application. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 7 Make nurturing your first priority today. Include yourself as you figure out how to support family members and friends. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 9 - Whether you go in a group or just as a pair, the magic of the cinema captures your imagination. Let someone else choose the film. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 7 - A special person fills in the blanks for an entertainment plan.You could even make the midnight show and go to work late tomorrow. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is an 8 - Even the picky ones are satisfied today with expansive, interesting concepts. For practical outcomes today get others moving early. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 9 - Turn everyone loose on their own work. They know what to do and they have great ideas. Focus on your own priorities. It's all good. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 9 Dynamic ideas come from all directions. Your task is to evaluate them and choose a path that promises both satisfaction and emotional ease.
ACROSS 1 Spider creations 5 Porkpie feature 9 Fern-to-be 14 Cousin of a toe loop 15 Levitated 16 Wears 17 Stitch’s adopter, in a Disney film 18 Burden 19 Sky holder of myth 20 Five-time “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit cover girl 23 Tennis match part 24 Wedding promise 25 Nathan Hale, e.g. 26 Stick (to) 28 Tiny arachnid 30 Mad scientist’s milieu 33 1982 song title items that “live together in perfect harmony” 36 Type size 38 Bill, once passed 39 Lake on four states and a province 40 Key opening? 45 A-Team muscleman 46 Benevolent order 47 Port in SW Italy 50 Heidi’s high hill 51 Jawbone source for Samson’s weapon 52 SASE, e.g. 53 Great experience 58 City bonds, for short 59 Latvian capital 60 Actor Rickman 61 Tense feeling 62 Settled on a branch, say 63 Departed 64 Silly ones 65 Applications 66 Butterfly catchers
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Solution available online at www.TheDailyAztec.com DOWN 1 Polish Solidarity hero Lech 2 Like the storied man without a country 3 Accomplish a daring feat 4 __ gin fizz 5 Make wider 6 Veg-O-Matic maker 7 “The jig __!” 8 Interlock, as gears 9 Wrinkly dog 10 Dupe 11 Northern European capital 12 Reddish horse 13 USN rank 21 Joan of art
22 Cornerstone abbr. 27 Auction venue with a four-color logo 28 Kris Kringle’s employer of film 29 Enjoying a lot 30 Marilyn Monroe’s “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” role 31 He put the “O” in Jackie O 32 Tournament edge 34 Union soldier 35 Prez’s backup 36 Fluffy toy dog, familiarly 37 Syr. neighbor 41 Woman’s name meaning “heavenly” 42 Dog food choice
43 Beats, as an incumbent 44 Cheek 48 “Terrible” child, in Toulouse 49 Olfactory stimuli 50 Slightly off 51 1973 Rolling Stones charttopper 53 Adjust for pitch 54 “Picnic” playwright 55 Munich missus 56 Quiets, as a squeak 57 Croquet venue 58 Newsstand buy, for short—one begins each of the four longest puzzle answers (and also ends the last one)