Monday January 25, 2010
Vol. 95, Issue 62
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69 71 Aztecs suffer first home loss GOOGLE FOR ALL Google’s challenge to China’s censorship laws may open up access to Internet content. page 2
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ASEXUALITY Learn about “A-pride,” and the reasons why asexuality is not a problem that needs to be fixed. page 3
TODAY @ SDSU CASE Coffeehouse Series 5 p.m., Starbucks, Aztec Center Musicians Bill and Diana will perform Renaissance music for the first Coffeehouse event of the spring semester.
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The San Diego State men’s basketball team fell to BYU on Saturday night, 71-69. SDSU trailed by as many as 12 points, but fought back before the game slipped away.
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As the SDSU Veterans House enters its second semester, San Diego State’s leaders are receiving recognition for the home’s establishment. The San Diego Military Advisory Council gave Weber an achievement award for his contribution to the San Diego military community on Dec. 8. “If the world were just, the veterans committee would have received the award, but the world isn’t just, and so I got it,” SDSU President Stephen L. Weber said. “I have to say, it was a very generous recognition of SDSU leadership with regards to veterans’ affairs,” Weber said. Former SDMAC President John Nersesian is pleased with the university’s outreach to veterans. “I’ve found out more and more things about what SDSU is doing
and what its intentions are,” Nersesian said. “It’s absolutely wonderful in support of veterans that are transitioning back from active duty.” The inception of the Veterans House began in 2008, when Weber invited a group of Student Veteran Organization executive officers to a meeting to discuss the needs of SDSU’s veterans. “It’s a place where we can feel really welcome, a place where we can enjoy the camaraderie of other veterans and a place where, you know, we don’t have all have the same opinions about everything, but we’re like-minded individuals,” SVO Treasurer Jay Burris said. When asked if he thought the house has achieved its purpose, Burris said, “I think that it has. I think that the potential for even more than what we had originally thought of is definitely there.” Located on Fraternity Row, the house has one small apartment within, and apartments behind the house serve as veteran-specific housing. Last semester, a new development took Weber and others by surprise. Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets have been attending
the house and some have moved into the veteran apartments. “It brought a lot of us together,” veteran housing resident Juan Cortez said. “It’s also great that the SVO uses the house as its headquarters. It’s good that a chunk of us are in one place.” The Veterans House faced a few obstacles in the initial stages. “The biggest obstacle was money,” Weber said. “The new GI Bill gives veterans much better support with regards to their expenses in general and regards to housing and still, it wasn’t enough to live in that space.” With help from friends of the university, alumni and the SDSU Research Foundation, enough funds were raised to give SDSU space for the house on Fraternity Row for free, where an expelled fraternity once resided.
“We were really nervous and we were very diligent about responsibilities of rule making and having strict rules about gatherings, parties, alcohol consumption,” Burris said, “but I think we were really effective and diligent.” “If anything, it’s quieter now,” economics junior and Fraternity Row resident Ryan Lebowitz said. New programs are being developed for the veterans and the house this semester. Upcoming perks include free coffee and other quick-to-grab breakfast foods available to veterans who have a certain amount of activity in the organization, Burris said. Weber also said he is excited that the Veterans Administration has just assigned a full-time employee to serve veterans. SDSU is the second university in the country to have such an office.
FOR THE RECORD An editorial error appeared last Thursday in the article “Oil tax may fuel CSU’s future.” Assembly Bill 656 passed the passed the state assembly Revenue and Taxation board committee the previous week, not the previous day. The Daily Aztec regrets the error.
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Monday, January 25, 2010
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Google stands up to GOP offers hope to China’s censorship fix bad economy
he Internet has brought the sum of human knowledge to the masses while simultaneously bringing the world closer together. This information overload has brought both opportunity and prosperity to nations that embrace the openness and innovation of web culture. China, however, with its Great Firewall, chooses to reject the Internet as a free and open platform of information. American companies doing business with the world’s most populated nation have been forced to comply with strict censorship laws that are in place to control the people of China. Following recent sophisticated attacks on its network in China, Google has decided it will be party to no such game of cyber bullying and is threatening to cease doing business in the country. In a recent posting on Google’s official blog, David Drummond, senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer, made it known that the company was a victim of a series of sophisticated cyber attacks, resulting in the theft of intellectual property. This large breach is not confined to Google; at least 20 other large companies representing a myriad of industries in China were also attacked. Based on the evidence, it’s clear that the attacks were aimed at the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists, both in China and abroad. Google is now threatening to cease doing business in the country altogether. The company has its Chinese Google search engine in defiance of the Chinese government. Google’s actions are a powerful demonstration toward advancing universal human rights of freedom and access to information. The message is clear: We will not enable governments to use the Internet and technology to subvert people. This snafu between an American corporation and the Chinese government is especially representative of the relationship the world has with China. China’s delusions and denials about its own actions and policies force other nations to give in to the country’s demands, largely for economic reasons. The U.S. is no better, as China is the number one leinholder of our debt. This creates a political game of chess where everyone but China follows the rules. With Google’s noncompliance, the guard is changing.
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It may be economic suicide for Google to leave the world’s most populated nation, a practically untapped market of consumers. But the fact that the company is willing to sacrifice profits and instead uphold its values is admirable. Although Google is now a global company in scope, it is an American company at its core, one that believes in universal human rights and the power of technology to bring those rights to the billions of people who lack them. With access to information comes knowledge, and with knowledge comes empowerment. In a speech last week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared, “We stand for a single Internet, where all of humanity has equal access to knowledge and ideas.” She called on China to conduct its own investigation into the recent Google attacks and to ultimately take responsibility for harboring such cyber intrusions. In response, Ma Zhaoxu, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said that “the U.S. has criticized China’s policies on administering the Internet and insinuated that China restricts Internet freedom. We are firmly against words and deeds contrary to the facts and harmful to China-U.S. relations.” China’s words are clearly contrary to its deeds. This incident is the first that highlights what’s been going on for years. American companies such as Microsoft Corp., Yahoo and Cisco Systems Inc. gave in to China’s demands long ago. Now, the pressure is on Google and others to do what’s right. Its economic tour de force can hurt China in the long run, because innovation breeds economic prosperity. As China continues to inhibit its own innovation, it will remain a placid manufacturing power and nothing more.
—Andy Lewandowski is a media studies 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.
Republican nominee, Meg Whitman, has the experience, knowledge and values to fix California’s economy.
eg Whitman may well be the Republican Party’s dream candidate. She is a self-made woman, a political outsider, a resident of the Bay Area, and well educated. Whitman, former eBay Inc. Chief Executive Officer, has become the front runner to represent the GOP this year in California’s gubernatorial race. She has run a well-executed campaign, spending $39 million of her own money on radio ads and campaign advisers. Her simple three-point message has resonated with Californians. She has been the leading Republican contender for the gubernatorial race since securing key party endorsements nationwide. Since former contender Tom Campbell dropped out of the race, Whitman has expanded her lead for the June primary, to 28 percent ahead of current Californian Insurance Commissioner, Steve Poizner. A recent poll showed that the Bay Area businesswoman has also halved the lead against her presumed opponent in the general election, Democrat and current Attorney General Jerry Brown. Brown also served as California’s governor from 1975 to 1983. In October, Brown lead 50 percent to 29 percent head-to-head against Whitman. Because the advent of term limits to the governorship began in 1990, Brown is still eligible for two more terms. Now his lead is 46 percent to 36 percent. California faces an array of problems. With a $20 billion deficit, state unemployment at 12.4 percent and out-of-control spending, Californians are looking for a change from the Democrat-controlled state Assembly. All of this is making what should have been a run-away win for Brown into a very close race. After the Republican Party’s historic win in Massachusetts, the GOP of California is very determined to retain a conservative in Sacramento and is throwing its support behind Whitman. Whitman’s strong focus on jobs, education and spending have resonated with more socially liberal Californians, who are tired of corrupt and wasteful spending in Sacramento. With California on the brink of bankruptcy, voters are less interested in social issues and more interested in economic comprehension. Few have created more jobs in California than Whitman. When she joined eBay Inc. in 1998, the company had 30 employees and little more than $4.7 million in revenue. In 10 years, Whitman expanded the company to more than 15,000 employees and nearly $8 billion in revenue. Because of overregulation and the highest overall tax rate in America, California has dropped to the second worst place to start a business. This is killing jobs. If
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companies such as eBay Inc., Google Inc. and Apple Inc. — which employ countless people and bring billions into the Californian economy — hadn’t started in California, we would have a substantially larger deficit than we face now. Many of these great companies and future start-up companies have been moving to conservative states such as Texas and Arizona, where corporate taxes are lower and there are fewer regulations. This exodus of economic opportunity is driving California off a cliff and won’t be stopped unless the antibusiness, anti-entrepreneurial far left is kicked out of office. Students at San Diego State are feeling the economic crisis with increased fees and lower quality education. A near-record number of Californians are out of work and actively searching for jobs. For graduating college students, the outlook is bleak. With unemployed workers outweighing available jobs, the market is as competitive as ever. The situation for young, inexperienced workers is by far the worst. California companies can no longer keep up their job training programs and are looking to hire more experienced, readily available workers. With these issues on the minds of voters, Whitman is poised to take on Brown in what will become a very close election. Independents, who make up a huge portion of the electorate in California, are flocking toward Whitman. Whitman is going to ride the national conservative movement based on some key legislation she plans to implement that greatly differs from both Brown and current Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Whitman has come out in opposition to Schwarzenegger’s recent temporary tax increase. Whitman has stated she would lower taxes and ease regulation to create job growth. Increasing taxes does not increase tax revenue. Increasing jobs creates more tax payers who stimulate economic growth, and offer more people the chance to participate in California’s economy. Raising taxes will only further increase job loss and suppress the broken economy. Whitman’s commitment to her well-run campaign is a testament to how she will effectively lead California’s government out of this recession and we all need to support her efforts.
—Patrick Walsh is a political science junior. —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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Asexuality, not to be confused with celibacy People talking about “APride” and AVEN help asexuals “come out” AM Y EB E R S O L E A S S I S TA N T F E AT U R E S E D I T O R
Drive up the Interstate-5 North that runs through Los Angeles. See the wasteland of billboards cloaked in giant-sized cutouts of big-breasted women and muscle-cut men. This long strip of advertisements implies a well-known secret — sex sells. In a hyper-sexed culture flooded with infomercials and tabloids, the body can become a product, and sexuality a feature, an instrument for transmitting emotions. Sex serves as more than just flesh and biological makeup. Sex is a cultural cue for conveying love. So what happens when the very thought of having sex makes someone cringe? What happens when someone suggests that maybe sex is not purely essential for love? These questions are finally getting answers from advocates in the growing asexuality movement. “I was 14 when I first realized I had no interest in sex,” Jed Strohm, a happily satisfied, romantic asexual from upstate New York, said. “I identified as ace (asexual) and the group leader said I was too attractive.” Part of the confusion surrounding asexuality can be attributed to misunderstanding what the term actually means. The Asexuality Visibility and Education Network defines an asexual as “A person who does not experience sexual attraction.” This is different from celibacy, which involves abstaining from sex despite having desire. Asexuals, for the most part, never feel the desire to have sex. For most, this idea is shocking. But according to Dr. Anthony Bogaert’s survey of more than 18,000 people in the United Kingdom, this mindset is a reality for 1 percent of the population. Until recently, asexuality hasn’t been very visible, in part because the term to describe it is relatively new. “According to Michel Foucault, the most influential theorist on this topic, ‘homosexuality,’ as a term, only emerged in our cultural lexicon around roughly 1869,” Michael Borgstrom, assistant professor of English and comparative literature at San Diego State, said. “And the term is applied almost exclusively to homosexual men. ‘Lesbian,’ as we understand the term today, did not emerge as an identifiable identity until almost 20 years later.” Historically, non-heterosexual people have been ostracized from society. But thanks to AVEN, asexuals are finally “coming out.” They are finding each other, having relationships and speaking about asexuality. At the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade last year, a new group of people emerged in the march with signs and shirts that read, “Asexuality: It’s not just for amoebas anymore” and “It’s only underwear. Get over it.”
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Many doctors say that if someone has no interest in sex, he or she should seek medical help. But asexuals are “coming out,” saying they don’t consider persistent lack of interest to be a problem — they never feel the desire for sex. A T-shirt sold on the AVEN Web site says it all, “It’s not just for amoebas anymore.”
Alfred Kinsey, commonly known as the founder of sexology, tested different sexual patterns by placing people on a scale ranging from zero, which meant “exclusively heterosexual,” to six, which meant “exclusively homosexual.” But it wasn’t until later that the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction recognized there were people who didn’t fit on this scale. They labeled that group “X,” for people who were asexual. In the 1990’s, another experiment emerged. Researchers put sexually mature rams into a pen with sexually mature females on multiple occasions, and about 10 percent showed no interest. Those noninterested male rams were then put into a pen comprised solely of males, and about 2 percent of the population didn’t show any interest. These tests illuminate the idea that asexuality is something some mammals may
be born with. On an AVEN forum, a question was presented to asexuals by Kate MacDonald, a psychology student at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia: “Have you always felt asexual, or have you previously experienced sexual attraction to either sex?” The answer almost always was, “I have always felt asexual and have never experienced sexual attraction.” While this concept may be difficult for some to understand, it is very clear for those who are asexual. Unfortunately, that which is new or not understood is often classified as a disorder. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has caused upheaval in the asexual community because it classifies asexuals as having “hypoactive sexual desire disorder,” implying that asexuality is something to be treated or cured.
“It is important to identify asexuality as a sexual orientation, rather than thinking it is a disorder,” Strohm said. “I use the analogy of a sunset. We can all recognize the beauty of a sunset, but we don’t want to have sex with it. An asexual has the same reaction toward people.” Though asexual orientation may not garner as much attention as homosexual orientation, the struggle is still significant. Perhaps in the future, universities will have whole classes designated for studying asexuality in gender studies or human sexuality departments, and “LGBT” will expand to include an “A” for asexual. Until then, keep in mind that some are telling the truth when they say the “just not interested.” For more information about asexuality, visit AVEN at www.asexuality.org.
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Sick Fredette gives Aztecs headaches BYU’s Jimmer Fredette scores 33 points while battling mononucleosis E D WA R D L E W I S SPORTS EDITOR
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BYU guard Jimmer Fredette scored 33 points and dished out five assists against the Aztecs on Saturday night.
Mononucleosis is an infection that causes, among other things, fatigue, fever and a sore throat. Two weeks ago, BYU junior guard Jimmer Fredette was reportedly diagnosed with it. But after Saturday night’s performance, Fredette made the San Diego State men’s basketball team wonder how sick the Cougars’ superstar really was. “He didn’t look sick,” SDSU junior guard D.J. Gay said. “He didBYU 71 n’t look like he lost a step. He came out and SDSU 69 scored 33 points; that doesn’t sound sick to me. That’s impressive.” Fredette dropped 33 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out five assists, blocked one shot, recorded one steal, shot nearly 58 percent from the field and knocked down five of his eight 3-point attempts. He and fellow BYU freshman guard Tyler Haws combined to score 50 points in the Cougars’ 71-69 victory against the Aztecs at Viejas Arena. “He truly is one of the best,” head coach Steve Fisher said of Fredette after the game. “He knows how to create opportunities for himself — he wiggles, he twists, he finds gaps, he can step back and make shots and he can shoot it on you when you are guarding him. He’s very, very good.” SDSU hung with the 14th-ranked team in the country almost all night, but struggled to
defend Fredette. Gay said the Aztecs’ strategy was to guard him with as many players as possible with the hopes of tiring the sickly Fredette. But BYU’s leader answered the bell each and every time, scoring 19 of his 33 points in the first half and sinking two free throws to put the game on ice with less than five seconds remaining in the game. “My energy level is still a little bit low,” Fredette said. “I get tired a little bit quicker. Some of the movements may not be quite as quick as normal, but I’m feeling much better now. It’s just about the energy and getting back into game shape.” Aside from defending Fredette, SDSU played one of its most impressive games of the season. Playing in front of a sellout crowd of 12,414 — all dressed in black for the “Black Out” — the Aztecs out-rebounded the Cougars and held the Mountain West Conference leaders to a field goal percentage of 45 percent. SDSU, though, could not find a rhythm from beyond the arc, making just seven of its 22 3-point attempts. Despite all that, the Aztecs were down by just three points with 19 seconds remaining, but senior guard Kelvin Davis couldn’t get the look he wanted from 3-point distance and ended up turning the ball over with four seconds left, sealing the game for the Cougars. “Just not quite enough tonight,” Fisher said. “We had chances down the end, even with 30 seconds left, to make a stop and we couldn’t do it. BYU is a good team.” The loss drops SDSU to 14-6 (3-3 in the MWC), putting it five games behind the Cougars (20-1, 5-0) in the MWC standings. The Aztecs have a bye this week and will hit the road on Saturday for a game against Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo.
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or the past week, unrelenting storms have bombarded our fine city with rain, confirming my longheld hypothesis: San Diegans, rain and automobiles do not mix. You’d think that was pretty obvious. After all, cascading water makes driving difficult for mouth breathers across all cities. But our sunshine-dwelling populace takes “driving badly in the rain” to another level. Whenever any type of precipitation falls on the roadways, San Diegans, unaccustomed to liquids that don’t resemble shots of tequila, collectively regress to driving as if their parents have handed them the keys for the first time. Last week, I broke my promise to abstain from driving in the rain in order to join my fellow minimum wage slaves at work. The trek, normally a 15-minute breeze on Interstate-5 North, turned into an epic excursion. My first moment of uncertainty came while gliding down Montezuma Road in my generic Honda Accord, which probably isn’t the greatest vessel for slippery conditions. My peripheral vision caught sight of a truck in the next lane. Apparently, the driver was having difficulty grasping the concept of windshield wipers. Rain battered and collected on the vehicle’s windshield as it continued its increasingly hazardous voyage. With the blanket of drizzle surrounding the exterior, my only
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hope was that radar was guiding the truck. I’m assuming that the owner, infected with “San Diegan,” was unaware that the lever next to the steering wheel magically scatters the water. Things got worse when I entered the freeway. The scene was straight out of an apocalyptic movie — accidents abounded, cars were strewn about and police horns blared. I was waiting for a gun-wielding action star such as Kurt Russell to help me navigate through the carnage. I would have even settled for Keanu Reeves, but no such luck. At the Clairemont Mesa Boulevard exit, erratic-driving San Diegans became increasingly noticeable. Some motorists puttered along, drenched in paranoia. Others took the opportunity to drive faster than usual, perhaps figuring that, much like a Slip ‘n Slide, water would expedite their journey. Either way, the result was the same: a freeway version of Russian roulette. Seriously, the Department of Motor Vehicles should tack on “water skills” to the driving test. I propose the city rent the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot to let drivers practice going in circles with the added risk of water. The chaos on the freeway eventually became overwhelming.
Because of the accumulating traffic and number of vehicles that could potentially slam into me, I gave up hope. I realized it might be wise to make this the last time I view the sights on I-5 North that have become so familiar to my daily commute: the traffic cones, the billboards compelling me to visit an Indian casino, the white temple — or “Mormon Disneyland,” as I like to call it. This sounds really weird, especially coming from me, but relief came in the most unpredictable of forms: a cop car. I watched in my rearview mirror as a police officer rapidly approached. Like a snowplow, the squad car’s flashing red lights blazed a clear trail on the soaked freeway, eventually passing me. Before the parted sea of cars collapsed, I quickly tailed the cop. I’ve received my fair share of tickets, so I caught the irony. I’m not sure where the squad car was speeding to, but that didn’t matter. I was happy to follow it and escape the traffic. Luckily, I arrived at work unscathed. I was grateful to survive and wondered whether risking death is worth making money. Until the next storm, stay careful San Diego. And remember: signal!
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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (1/25/2010) Your attention leans toward internal feelings. Your decision-making process takes place in seclusion this year, and family members or associates may feel that you've withdrawn from them, which you have. Allow the inner balance you discover to shine through in relationships. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is an 8 - If you've done your homework, you now are on top of the work game. Others struggle to bring their minds on line while you race ahead. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 7 - Somebody throws zingers your way, and you wonder why you didn't see them coming. It doesn't matter.You still have to face the music. Resolve things privately. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 6 Hopefully you made a priority list on Friday.You need it now to help you get through a busy Monday. Congratulate yourself later. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 6 You're pulled in two directions at once. Work demands your full attention, yet relationships draw your mind away. Work first. Follow your heart later. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 5 Expect to find yourself in the spotlight.You can showcase your practiced efforts. Remember the associates who got you where you are today. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 5 You have more than enough to do today.
In fact, you have enough for the rest of the week. Prioritize with logic, not emotion.Then focus on one thing. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 7 Ideas you've been throwing around take shape. Relax as you begin to understand exactly what sort of effort is required to achieve your goal. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 5 - Prepare yourself for some good news. It's about time! Optimism increases exponentially as new ideas take shape. Get practical later.There's plenty of time. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is an 8 - It's hard to remain logical when you're being pulled in so many directions at once. Focus on what's right in front of you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 7 - Plagiarism is the highest form of compliment. So use other people's words to your advantage, and thank others when they use yours. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 6 - As long as you understand your desires, you'll get along fine with others today. Boost everyone's spirits by involving them all the way to the end. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 6 Brace yourself! New ideas are flying fast and furious now. Make sure the idea's author gives you a clear enough picture so you can take action. © 2010,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
—Jared Whitlock is a journalism junior. —This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec.
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